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MEDIA RELEASE - Council welcomes funding for Hanlon Park lights

2 November 2018

After two years of community campaigning, the vision to transform Portland’s Hanlon Park precinct into an elite night sporting ground has been realised.

Council welcomed the recent funding announcement towards the Hanlon Park Lighting Project, with $288,000 committed from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank described the announcement as ‘fantastic news’, with the project providing a multitude of benefits and opportunities for the prominent CBD site.

“Portland is playing in one of country Victoria’s major country football and netball leagues and it is pivotal that it has premier facilities to continue to host final series and to provide the best playing and training conditions for its players,” she said.

“Council and the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club (PFNCC) have been actively campaigning for the past two years to secure this much needed upgrade, with the current lighting system not meeting required minimum standards. This funding will ensure player safety and provide opportunities for night time matches.

“The lighting upgrade will also allow for other year-round recreation activities such as carnivals and community events at the CBD space. The physical, social and economic benefits are countless; it is major win for our community.”

Cr Rank said the funding success was attributed to ongoing lobbying efforts from both community and government, with Western Victoria MP James Purcell a key advocate.

“Council thanks James Purcell for his advocacy efforts to realise this important community project,” she said.

“We are proud to invest in our recreational clubs and facilities and we look forward to working with the PFNCC to support the installation of the new oval lights.”

The new lighting will include four 30 metre lights surrounding the football oval and eight 12 metre high lights for its two netball courts.

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