Spotlight shines on local netball

Published on 09 August 2019

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Recreation reserves in Buln Buln, Neerim South, Trafalgar and Yarragon have a bright future ahead thanks to completion of two major lighting projects valued at $487,000.

The two lighting projects were officially opened by representative from all three levels of government; Russell Broadbent MP Federal Member for Monash, the Honourable Martin Pakula MP Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Harriet Shing MP Member for Eastern Victoria, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Mikaela Power, East Ward Cr Michael Leaney and East Ward Cr Peter Kostos.

Opening celebrations took place at both Trafalgar Recreation Reserve and Dowton Park in Yarragon.


Project 1: Spotlight on Netball at Buln Buln, Neerim South and Trafalgar

The scope of works included installation of new 200 lux lighting and towers at three sporting reserves in Buln Buln, Neerim South and Trafalgar.

Funding summary:

  • $160,000 - Federal Government through the Community Sport Infrastructure Program
  • $  80,000 - Victorian Government through the Country Football Netball Program
  • $  52,044 - Baw Baw Shire Council through the Capital Works Program
  • $292,044 - Project total

Project 2: Sports Lighting Upgrade at Dowton Park Yarragon

The scope of works included installation of four new 30-metre light towers, floodlighting and electrical works to achieve a minimum average up to 100 lux lighting at Dowton Park.

Funding summary:

  • $100,000 - Victorian Government through the Country Football Netball Program
  • $  45,000 - Federal Government through the Community Sport Infrastructure Program
  • $  50,000 - Baw Baw Shire Council through the Capital Works Programs project.
  • $195,000 - Project total

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Mikaela Power

“It’s great to see all three levels of government work together to deliver projects that matter to regional communities. I’d like to thank the Federal and State Governments for their funding support - without it these new lighting projects would not have been possible.”

Quotes attributable to East Ward Cr Michael Leaney

“These lights are a big win for several regional clubs with improved safety and flexibility to take training and matches into the evening. Thanks to the each of the clubs for their support and input throughout the planning and delivery of these new lights.”

Quotes attributable to East Ward Cr Peter Kostos

“It’s fantastic to see these lighting projects come to completion and recognise the significance in improving visibility and safety for users. Local clubs can now play and train under bright new lights that either match or exceed exceed Netball Victoria guidelines. We’re proud to be able to support our local netball clubs to grow and prosper with high quality facilities.

Quotes attributable to the Honourable Martin Pakula MP Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

“By providing training lights like these at the local club level the players can train longer and more effectively. We want to see more players on the field enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Quotes attributable to Russell Broadbent MP Federal Member for Monash

“It is great to see the three levels of government all working together in a collaborative manner. The Federal Government is pleased to contribute, even if it means a small amount to ensure a project gets over the line, we are delighted to assist.”

Quotes attributable to Harriet Shing MP State Member for Eastern Victoria

“I used to play Netball, maybe not as well as Mayor Mikaela Power but if I had training lights like these I know my skills would have improved. It great to see joy on the faces of the players and coaches all here training under these lights on the two courts.”

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Image: New 200 lux lighting towers over the netball courts at Trafalgar Recreation Reserve.

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Image: Russell Broadbent MP, Minister Martin Pakula and Mayor Cr Mikaela Power opening the lights at Trafalgar.

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Image: Russell Broadbent MP, Minister Martin Pakula and Mayor Cr Mikaela Power opening the lights at Trafalgar.

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Image: Belinda Praise, Assistant Coach at Trafalgar Netball Club.

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Image: Celebrating the launch of new netball lights at Trafalgar Recreation Reserve.

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Image: Harriet Shing MP and Mayor Mikaela Power in Trafalgar.

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Image: Minister Martin Pakula, Harriet Shing MP, Russell Broadbent MP, Mayor Cr Mikaela Power with Trafalgar Netball Club representatives. 

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Image: Trafalgar netballers.

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Image: Project sign.

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Image: The Honourable Martin Pakula MP Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events opening the lighting project at Dowton Park, Yarragon.

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Image: Mayor Cr Mikaela Power opening the lighting project at Dowton Park, Yarragon.

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Image: (Left to right) Cr Peter Kostos, Harriet Shing MP, Coordinator Recreation Shane Paynter, Minister Martin Pakula, Ross Follett President Yarragon Football Netball Club, Mayor Cr Mikaela Power, Cr Michal Leaney and Russell Broadbent MP at the official opening celebration at Dowton Park, Yarragon.

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 Image: Project sign.