New floodlights for North Bendigo Recreation Reserve
The City of Greater Bendigo, Minister for Sport, The Hon. John Eren MP, and local sporting clubs have officially unveiled new floodlighting at the North Bendigo Recreation Reserve.
The original lighting was old and non-compliant but the project allowed for the installation of a 14-pole lighting system that has improved training-standard lighting to the AFL oval, two netball courts and two soccer pitches at the reserve.
Mayor Cr Peter Cox said the major upgrade has given user groups and the wider community valuable infrastructure.
“The reserve provides a home ground facility to 400 players and is in use all year round. The new lighting system saves clubs needing to hire adequately lit facilities and means training can continue outside of daylight savings hours. It also means the clubs are more attractive to future members, due to having improved facilities,” Cr Cox said.
“Overall, the general amenity of the area is better and safer. The 2014 Active Living Census found that North Bendigo-California Gully residents exercise and use sports grounds at lower rates than other Greater Bendigo residents, with safety concerns reported as a barrier to participation in physical activity, so the installation of this lighting is a way the City is addressing these concerns.
“The City is grateful to funding partners the State Government, North Bendigo Football Club and Golden City Football Club. By working together we have been able to achieve a great outcome for the local community.”
The upgrade cost $590,000, which was funded as follows:
- The City of Greater Bendigo – $337,800, including $180,000 from the sale of nearby land. The City agreed to re-invest proceeds from the sale into the upgrade of the reserve
- State Government – $200,000, $100,000 from the Country Football Netball Program and $100,000 from the Community Facility Funding Program
- North Bendigo Football Club – $25,200
- Golden City Football Club – $27,000