Let there be light at Marist College
A night match between the Maiden Gully YCW Eagles and Newbridge will mark the turning on of new $336,000 match lighting at Marist College this Saturday August 18.
Marist College is not only the newest ground, but the only ground in the Loddon Valley Football Netball League capable of hosting a night match or even a future night final.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the installation of the new lights has been a partnership between Marist College, City of Greater Bendigo and Maiden Gully YCW Eagles Football/Netball Club.
“Shared use facilities such as what we have here at Marist College are good for our community and good for local sport,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“This project completes the lighting here at Marist College. The junior oval is now lit to training level standard, the senior oval is lit to match standard and the netballers can now complete full training sessions as the new netball lights are compliant with match standards.
“The training lights on the junior oval mean that the senior oval will not have to be used as much as it has been in the past and the reduced usage of the main oval will help keep it in the best possible condition for competition matches.
“The new lights also mean that the Loddon Valley Football/Netball League can also look at hosting night finals here at Marist College in the future.
“It’s been a great joint project which highlights the City’s commitment to deliver infrastructure across the municipality.”
The City of Greater Bendigo provided $160,000, the Victorian Government’s Community Infrastructure Program contributed $100,000 and the Maiden Gully YCW Eagles Football/Netball Club has contributed $76,000 towards the lighting project.