Sport

Up in lights

By James Arbuthnott

The installation of AFL standard lighting at Elmore Recreation Reserve shone light on the area’s football, cricket and netball teams’ futures on Thursday.

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and mayor Margaret O’Rourke joined Elmore Football and Netball Club for the official turning on of the new 200 lux lights, which included an upgrade to the power supply.

Community wellbeing manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said he was happy to improve training conditions and allow junior matches to take place on Friday nights.

“When we came out to rural communities this was one of the priorities that was identified by the council from having listened to a whole heap of people in this community," he said.

Cr O’Rourke said she also heard Elmore’s message for the need for upgraded lights.

“We went around Elmore and other parts of the Whipstick Ward and got a very clear message and request from this community about the lights here at the oval," she said.

“I’m very pleased to be here and be part of the turning on. It’s always really lovely when you see a project come to fruition."

The lights, which cost $345,000 – more than $80,000 of which was raised by Elmore FNC – will complement the recently upgraded netball courts and lights, which now allow for night games.

Ms Allan said she’s happy to see and hear about the difference the lights have made to the community.

“There’s now no excuse for anyone to say they’ve dropped a mark while they’re in training," she said. "There’s nowhere to hide out there anymore."

Ms Allan also congratulated Elmore on raising more than $80,000 to put towards the cause.

“It really demonstrates your passion for your local footy and netball club and the local community."