Shining new lights on sport

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Flick the switch: Cr Bev Colomb, Nepean MP Chris Brayne, Local Government and Small Business minister Adem Somyurek, then-Labor candidate for Flinders Josh Sinclair, the shire’s director place Niall McDonagh and team leader sport and recreation Mark Stahel with members of the Mornington Athletics and Little Athletics Clubs.

SPORTS ovals at Hastings and Red Hill as well as the Olympic Park soccer pitch and senior oval at Rosebud will light up in a staged program starting later this year.

The grounds are among 10 sporting reserves across the Mornington Peninsula to be earmarked as part of a $2.1 million lighting upgrade.

The cost will be split between the state government and the shire.

Other reserves to receive lighting upgrades in stage two (September 2020-February 2021) include Dromana Recreation Reserve, Dromana; Civic Reserve Athletics Track, Mornington; RM Hooper Reserve, Tuerong; Barber Reserve, Somerville; and AR and F Ditterich Reserve, Main Ridge.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our sporting facilities and ensure they are meeting the needs of our community who will soon be able to enjoy playing on fields with state-of-the-art sports lighting,” the mayor Cr David Gill said.

“This project directly links to the council’s Sports Capacity Plan which aims to help guide strategic planning for the future provision of sports and sporting infrastructure throughout the peninsula.

“The sports growth lighting package will allow council to continue meeting the demands of these sports during both winter and summer months.”

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 21 May 2019

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