NORTH Wangaratta Football Netball Club has been “guaranteed” it will be able to stage its first game on home soil on the Queen’s Birthday weekend bringing an end to a two-year contamination saga.
Work began at the recreation reserve yesterday where a layer of lead contaminated soil is being removed and replaced by fresh dirt, an excavation costing about $230,000.
Tenders for the next stage of the oval remediation closed last week and this will involve new drainage, irrigation, soil replacement, turf, new fencing, player shelters and goal posts.
The State Government contributed $3 million to cater for associated costs of the incident including the remediation works.
New lighting and a clubhouse renovation will also help to lift the club off the canvas from near extinction that resulted from a closure of the ground in May 2016.
Soil contamination caused by lead was found at the recreation reserve resulting from lead shot gun pellets legally discharged from firearms at the adjacent shooting range.
The practice had been authorised and in place by the Wangaratta Clay Target Club since the 1960s.