SUN-BAKED sports grounds could be a thing of the past for George Town with yesterday's announcement of $475,000 to help to fund a stormwater-harvesting plant and improved cricket facilities.
Bass federal Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic said the money would be spent on one of Northern Tasmania's first significant stormwater-harvesting plants if the Liberals won government.
More than $450,000 of the promised funding would go towards a project that would capture stormwater before it emptied into York Cove and redirect it to playing fields at the George Town sports complex.
Three catchment areas at the sports grounds would have capacity for five-million litres of treated water to be stored for watering the football ovals, cricket and netball facilities.
Mr Nikolic said a combination of solar and wind would power the stormwater treatment and harvesting plant.
``It means that stormwater from the (town's) drains will no longer flow straight into the Tamar. It will be harvested to pump purified water on to the sports grounds,'' he said.
The other $22,500 of the funding would be used to upgrade the cricket facilities used by three senior and three junior teams.
George Town Council would also contribute towards the cost of the project.