Semi-motorised cleaner to provide countless benefits for stadium

NEW CLEANER: The Keith War Memorial Sports Centre will be much cleaner in the future, after receiving $5,475 from the Tatiara District Council to purchase a semi-motorised cleaner.
NEW CLEANER: The Keith War Memorial Sports Centre will be much cleaner in the future, after receiving $5,475 from the Tatiara District Council to purchase a semi-motorised cleaner.

The Keith War Memorial Sports Centre is one of the Tatiara's finest sporting facilities, and maintaining it to a high standard is vitally important.

With the centre experiencing a high-level of use throughout the last couple of years, purchasing a semi-motorised suction scrubbing machine will provide countless benefits.

The centre is used primarily by two sporting organisations, the Keith and District International Basketball Association and Keith Netball Club.

Keith and District International Basketball Association president Tim Cadzow said the centre is currently cleaned by volunteers from both sporting organisations.

Mr Cadzow stated having a semi-motorised cleaner would not only assist volunteers, but it would also provide a higher standard of cleaning.

While the number of people using the stadium will drop due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last couple of years has seen an increase in teams using the facility.

Mr Cadzow said they have a combined playing membership of around 400 players, as well as a significant number of volunteers.

"The stadium's use has been increasing significantly due to expanding competition, training and development in basketball and netball, plus a significant increase in out of town use," Mr Cadzow said.

He also stated that Keith Area School use the stadium sparingly throughout the year for PE activities.

With the increased number of people using the stadium, the courts require more regular cleaning to ensure the surface doesn't get too dusty or slippery for participants.

"Slippery courts are an issue if they become dusty - the more the use, the dustier they become, and the more time they need cleaning," Mr Cadzow said.

He hopes not only will the semi-motorised cleaner decrease the chance of players getting injured, it would also reduce the number of volunteer cleaning hours.

Without the new cleaner, it would take two volunteers approximately two-and-a-half hours a week to clean the stadium.

Mr Cadzow believes using the semi-motorised cleaner would practically half the time spent cleaning the stadium each week.

Despite committing to pay 50 per cent of the cleaner's cost, both organisations came together to apply for a $6,270 grant from the Tatiara District Council's Community Grants Program.

They were ultimately successful in receiving financial backing from council, however, they were allocated a slightly reduced figure of $5,475.