Lighting up opportunities for participation in sport

15 January 2018

Evening training sessions have become a whole lot brighter with the installation of state-of-the-art lighting at Myrtleford’s McNamara Reserve.

The $302,572 project was completed by Council, thanks to a $100,000 contribution from the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.

The reserve is home to the Myrtleford Alpine Saints Football Netball Club, the Myrtleford Cricket Club and the Ovens and Murray Football League.

The old lighting at the reserve was inadequate for night training. Having the lights upgraded to a minimum average of 100 lux on the oval gives players access to safe and modern facilities that can be used for evening training sessions and means the oval now meets the AFL guidelines for local level facilities. The new 200 lux netball court lighting is approved for night-time matches.

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, joined Alpine Shire Mayor Ron Janas and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bird to officially switch on the lights.

“Community sport is the lifeblood of country towns like Myrtleford, and these new lights will provide club administrators with more flexibility and increased opportunity to schedule training and games to accommodate the growth of football, netball and cricket in the area,” Ms Symes said.

Cr Janas said the funding was a wonderful example of Council, the state government and local clubs working collaboratively to support increased participation in sport and active lifestyles.

“Encouraging a healthy lifestyle through participation in sport is a major priority for Council,” said Alpine Shire Mayor Ron Janas.

“The upgraded lighting at McNamara Reserve provides increased opportunity for evening training, and supports the long term vision for the reserve as key location for sports events in the upper ovens valley and potentially northeast Victoria.

The project comes on the back of a $148,000 surface upgrade for the netball and tennis courts, which was completed at McNamara Reserve last year.

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