We were told that the installation of a $3.35million detention tank would solve the problems of fooding of Manly Oval and the Raglan Street/Belgrave Street corner.
Instead, four months after the installation work was completed, the oval has become a total, unusable mess. A local annual school sports carnival had to be cancelled due to the state of the grounds.
Why is it so bad?
The stated design was for 1,000 cubic metres, and yet the report prepared for Council by Cardino said 4,400 cubic metres was needed for the task. Further work was proposed as part of the building of the Oval Car Park even though the car park plan had not been approved by Council at the time the work started. It is still possible that the car park will not go ahead depending upon the outcome of independent reports commissioned by the Administrator of the Northern Beaches Council which will be released on 23 August.
Apparently the detention tank isn't even connected!
The job was rushed through in February to April with a commitment to have it finished in time for the first Rugby game of the season. That timeframe was met, but at what cost? And what further work, if any, is needed? These questions have now been asked and answers promised shortly.
In the meantime groundsmen have been fighting a losing battle attempting to bring the surface up to standard although the Council has indicated that this will be fixed in time for upcoming cricket matches.
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.