Bright future for sports lighting

14 September 2016

Evening sport has a bright future at four Bayside sportsgrounds with Council moving ahead with a $900k installation and upgrade sports lighting program.

AW Oliver Reserve in Hampton East, Sandringham’s Tulip Street Reserve, Dendy Park and Hurlingham Park in Brighton and Brighton East respectively will all receive sports lighting upgrades that will enable community sports clubs to train and play after the sun goes down.

Bayside City Council Mayor Cr James Long BM JP said that sports lighting is an important tool in helping to meet strong community demand for community sports.

“Bayside has some of the highest levels of participation in community sports in Victoria,” Cr Long said.

“Sports lighting is a key tool in enabling Council to maximise the potential of our sportsgrounds and help meet the needs of our community sports clubs by allowing training and games to continue after dark.

“With the completion of these four projects, Council will have undertaken 17 sports lighting upgrades over the past six years and will now start working with the community to introduce new sports lighting at facilities where it does not yet exist.”

A key element of the works is to ensure that the sports lighting meets Australian Standards and are properly installed in order to minimise the impact to surrounding areas.

“Most of the sites where the works are occuring already have existing sports lighting, however for the most part these facilities don’t meet the Australian Standards to ensure a safe training and playing environment,” Cr Long said.

“While Council has not received any reports of significant incidents at the sites, upgrades are essential to ensure that the facilities can be used and enjoyed by the Bayside Community.

“Alongside the interests of the players, Australian Standards also set requirements to ensure that lighting is focussed onto the playing areas and that there is not unreasonable light spill onto surrounding areas.”

Works at AW Oliver Reserve and Tulip Street Reserve will involve the renewal of existing infrastructure including the installation of four new light masts.

Dendy Park works will see the installation of three new light masts and will extend Australian Standard lighting to the entire sportsground enabling clubs to train across the entire sportsground and manage wear on the playing surface.

The lighting upgrade to Hurlingham Park will occur across two stages with the upgrade of existing lighting at Oval One (including four new light masts) and the installation of lights at Oval Two for the first time.

Cr Long said that the sports lighting upgrades form part of Council’s projected $64 million investment in sporting infrastructure over the next four years.

“Over the next four years Bayside City Council will invest a record $64 million in sporting infrastructure to bring our facilities up to date and make Bayside a better place,” Cr Long said.

Construction is expected to occur in March 2017.

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