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Sports in $1m light boost

Saturday, 1st August, 2020

Nash Mitchell takes a ripper catch in this year’s grand final. The cricketing community is looking forward to playing under lights. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Nash Mitchell takes a ripper catch in this year’s grand final. The cricketing community is looking forward to playing under lights. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

Two of Broken Hill’s ovals are set to light up thanks to drought funding from the Federal Government.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said during the week that $1 million in funding had been allocated to Broken Hill City Council to upgrade lighting at both Alma Oval and Norm Fox Soccer Oval. 

“These grants are providing a critical cash injection at a time when drought has had an enduring impact on community morale and the local economy right across my electorate,” Mr Coulton said.

The funding will see the installation of 200A three-phase supply including upgrades to earth and consumer mains, as well as four new lighting columns and 40 Philips OptiVision LED gen2 floodlights.

Mayor Darriea Turley said this was a positive response and they were very happy to see this injection of funding.

“We’re very grateful for this funding,” Mayor Turley said.

“The intense heat that accompanied the drought has posed major problems for sport in Broken Hill and caused the cancellation of numerous matches.

“This lighting will allow a number of sports to be played at night, providing welcome relief from extreme heat and greatly increasing participation in the community.”

Councillor Tom Kennedy said the community had been asking for lighting for two decades.

“The community have been fighting for lights at the Alma for over 20 years,” he said.

“It is really positive to see this funding coming through.

“It will have a huge impact on sport in Broken Hill.

“AFL and cricket matches will be able to be held at night and it will take some foot traffic off of the Jubilee Oval.”

Clr Kennedy said having lights at the Norm Fox meant junior cricket could also be held in the evening.

“It will boost sport, I’m sure parents will enjoy going to games in the evening rather than getting up early to beat the heat during summer.

“The whole community are really going to embrace it.”

The DCP - Extension is targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers, or provide long-lasting benefits for communities and agricultural industries.

For more information, visit www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Drought-Communities-Programme-Extension

 

AT A GLANCE

The installation of new and upgraded lighting at Alma Oval and Norm Fox Soccer Oval will include:

* supply and installation of 200A three-phase supply including upgrades to earth and consumer mains;

* supply and installation of four new lighting columns including new underground supplies;

* supply and installation of 40 Philips OptiVision LED gen2 floodlights;

* supply and installation of four lockable control cubicles to house switching equipment and LED drivers at each lighting column;

* craneage, excavation, elevated work platforms, and equipment;

* removal and transportation of existing poles and floodlights to storage;

* testing, commissioning of all floodlights including lux level plotting and testing for spill lighting in nearby areas; and

* provision of all test results, certificates of compliance and operational and warranty information.

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