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MEDIA RELEASE - Local sport to light up

1 November 2021

It’s lights on for sport in the Glenelg Shire, with three key sporting venues receiving match-level lighting upgrades.

Councillors at the October Council Meeting endorsed lighting design and installation projects at Casterton’s Island Park, Heywood Recreation Reserve and Portland’s Alexandra Park.

The works were successfully awarded to local contractor Days Electrical and will provide the three busy sporting venues with new LED sports ground lighting to Australian Standards.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the projects would provide significant benefits across the Glenelg Shire, opening opportunities for events, night games and increased junior participation.

“We are thrilled to announce that not one, not two, but three venues across the Shire will be upgraded with match-level lighting, it is a huge investment for our region with a ripple effect of benefits,” she said.

“Firstly, the new lighting will enable more sporting events to be scheduled at night, including games and development programs, which will position Casterton, Heywood and Portland football and cricket clubs respectively as premier facilities.

“Secondly, the lighting will help drive new members and audiences to these towns and their clubs. This will increase our participation rates in sport and particularly create more opportunities for junior and female sport, which are continuing to grow and evolve with the expansion of female football.

“Lastly, not only will new lighting benefit our football and cricket players, but better lighting opens up the possibility of outdoor evening events for our communities in Casterton, Heywood and Portland.

“This creates opportunities for local schools and community groups to host twilight and evening functions safely and successfully, expanding our already diverse suite of events in the Glenelg Shire.

“We thank both the State and Federal Governments for their investments into these critical projects which will further enhance the liveability of our region.”

The Alexandra Park lighting is funded as part of the State Government’s $3.22 million investment into the redevelopment project through the 2020-21 Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

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