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Lights out at Jubilee

Tuesday, 4th February, 2020

A light tower comes down at the Jubilee Oval yesterday and is taken away. PICTURE: Myles Burt A light tower comes down at the Jubilee Oval yesterday and is taken away. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Volunteer workers cut down the six floodlights at the Jubilee Oval during renovations yesterday. 

The 15-metre floodlights used by local football and cricket clubs for more than 35 years have been brought down to be replaced by four new 30m-tall lights.

Consolidated Mining and Civil owner, Steve Radford, generously donated his time and machinery to cut down and take the old lights away, otherwise it would have cost about $11,000. 

AFL Broken Hill chairman Andrew Schmidt said the committee was very happy with community spirit shown through the extensive volunteer work done around the Jubilee Oval. 

Mr Schmidt said the brand new floodlights will consist of LED lighting at a minimum of 200 LUX, or triple the capacity of the existing lights. 

He said a new feature in the lights will be that individual spotlights on each tower could be computer controlled, allowing them to be swivelled remotely to ensure there were no dark areas on the field. 

Two of the new floodlights will be positioned behind the north and south bleachers to make sure viewers aren’t having their views blocked during games.

Mr Schmidt said workers now have seven weeks in which to install the new lights, with the Lightning Cup only nine weeks away.

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