Sportsground Wet Weather

Wet weather refers to a rainfall event which may affect the characteristics of a sportsground and subsequent use of the sportsground is likely to cause damage to the playing surface and/or player injury.

Sportsground Closure Responsibilities

WINTER (1 April to 30 September)

  • Sportsground closures, as a result of wet weather are determined by Council from Monday to Friday inclusive for local, district and regional sportsgrounds.
  • Sportsground closures, as a result of wet weather are determined by Council on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays for district and regional sportsgrounds only.
  • Sportsground closures, as a result of wet weather are determined by the licenced user group on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays for local level sportsgrounds only against assessment criteria outlined in the  Wet Weather Sportsground Assessment Form (pdf)
SUMMER (1 October to 31 March)
 
  • Sportsground closures, as a result of wet weather are determined by Council from Monday to Friday inclusive for local, district and regional sportsgrounds.
  • Sportsground closures, as a result of wet weather are determined by the licenced user group on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays for local, district and regional sportsgrounds against assessment criteria outlined in the Wet Weather Sportsground Assessment Form (pdf)

Sportsground Open

When a sportsground is declared open, the sportsground must be monitored closely for any change in conditions and reinspections carried out as necessary. If wet weather has been present in the week proceeding, is forecast by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au or wet weather conditions develop inspections should be completed throughout the day against assessment criteria outlined in the   Wet Weather Sportsground Assessment Form (pdf) to ascertain if there is any deterioration to the condition of the sportsground. If excessive damage is noticed, then further games and/or training should be cancelled.

Sportsground Closed

When a sportsground is declared open, the ground must be monitored closely for any change in conditions and reinspections carried out as necessary. If wet weather has been present in the week proceeding, is forecast by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au or wet weather conditions develop inspections should be completed throughout the day against assessment criteria outlined in the   Wet Weather Sportsground Assessment Form (pdf) to ascertain if there is any deterioration to the condition of the sportsground. If excessive damage is noticed, then further games and/or training should be cancelled.

*A closure exemption will apply in the circumstance that the cricket wicket only is closed, in this instance the ground may remain open for training only with the provision activities will only take place outside the cricket wicket square at a minimum distance of 5m.

Wet Weather Hotline

Monday – Friday updated information on sportsground closures is available by calling Council’s Wet Weather Hotline for sportsgrounds on 02 4974 2468 after 2pm each weekday. This is a recorded message providing the most up-to-date status of Council sportsgrounds closures.

On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays information on sportsground closures is available by contacting the relevant clubs and associations.