A DONATION of 600,000 litres of water from Lane Cove Council is set to benefit Armidale cricket games.
A portion of the donated water will go towards replenishing Black Gully Dam, which will help maintain The Armidale School's (TAS) three playing fields.
The three fields host regular and special sporting events such as; the Walter Taylor Shield regional cricket carnival, a national rugby camp co-ordinated by the University of New England, other community and sporting events, including the local triathlon club and Armidale's first-grade cricket competition.
Armidale councillor Jon Galletly would help provide locals an outlet during the drought.
"It was decided to make the water available for the sporting fields and events because they are important economic drivers for our region, which is particularly important to maintain a resilient local economy during the drought," he said.
"The fields and events are also valuable in maintaining morale and positive mental health in our community during these difficult times."
TAS, Council and other major users have signed a contract stipulating the irrigated playing fields will be available for other community uses.