Lighting up McNamara Reserve

MYRTLEFORD’S McNamara Reserve oval and netball courts will receive a $238,000 lighting upgrade to support increased community participation in sport and recreation.

Alpine Shire Council applied for $100,000 through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Country Football and Netball Program, and the success of the application was confirmed last week.

Council’s Director Assets Charlie Bird said Council will contribute a further $138,000 for the works, which will be in line with AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria guidelines.

“This is an exciting result for the reserve and the community as a whole,” he said.

“The goal of this project is to extend the time that the oval and netball courts can be used, encouraging increased community participation in sport and recreation activities.

“Improved lighting has been identified as a high priority in the McNamara Reserve Masterplan and in Council’s Shire-wide Recreation and Open Space Plan.”

Council’s $138,000 contribution equates to a one-off rates contribution of around $12 per ratepayer.

This grant comes on the back of a $148,000 surface and lighting upgrade for the netball courts, which is currently nearing completion.

Mr Bird said the project includes the replacement of the existing oval light towers and luminaries with new 25 metre towers and energy efficient luminaries.

“There will also be two new light towers installed at the netball courts to complete the lighting for all courts,” he said.

“The power supply to the reserve will also be upgraded to support the new lighting.”

The project has a total budget of $238,000 with Council contributing $138,000, and $100,000 provided by the Victorian State Government through the Country Football Netball Program.

Council will commence the project early in the 2016/17 financial year with completion anticipated prior to December 2017.

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