New Irrigation System for Goulburn Mulwaree Council at Belmore Park

100mm main with solenoiud valves
Goulburn Water Systems was pleased to be chosen by Goulburn Mulwaree Council to install a new irrigation system for Belmore Park. Discussions had taken place over several years regarding the cost savings available to council by utilising the water more efficiently and reducing the amount of physical labour involved.

Belmore Park is situated in the centre of the City of Goulburn on the site of the original market place. It is a prominent landmark and popular with residents and visitors alike. Featuring a number of beautiful monuments and ornaments including the Band Rotunda, gardens, fountain, glass house conservatory and war memorials. Most important of these is the treasured Lady Belmore Tree.

Pop ups in action at Belmore Park
Our brief was to supply a complete automatic lawn irrigation system using high quality and durable materials. Previously the park had been irrigated using a mix of hoses and sprinklers along with some older manual pop up systems.

The build utilised Hunter I20 Pop Up sprinklers with stainless steel risers and check valves, installed on articulated risers to allow adjustments for future topdressing and thatching. 50mm polypipe was used for most of the laterals, chosen for its durability, ease of repair (nothing stops a well driven tentpeg), and flexibility. Hunter ICV Solenoid Valves connect the 50mm laterals to a 100mm PVC Main. 1.5mm irrigation cable was run from the valves to a 24 station Hunter I Core irrigation controller, allowing the whole system to be programmed to run automatically.
The Plan

Construction began in July 2015 and was completed in August. Services were located using Signal Support Services Pty Ltd, and much of the trenching was done by Jet Hydro Excavations and Divalls Earthmoving using their Vacvator machines. Although the vacvator trenching was more expensive than traditional trenching, it ensured that no cables, pipes or valuable tree roots were cut.

Final adjustments
The Goulburn Water Systems team of Brendon, Anthony, Cameron and Jeremy did a marvellous job, working through snow, rain and mud in order to meet the tight deadlines. The job went off without a hitch was commissioned on September 1st. The jewell of Belmore Park will now shine even brighter, and visitors will be able to enjoy beautiful lawns all year.