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New lights for Chewton oval on the way

Players and family members of the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club in front of the goals.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Works to install new floodlights at Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park are underway to provide a much needed asset for the shire’s growing soccer community.

Six 22 metre towers, fitted with 50 lux LED lights, will be installed at the reserve which is home to Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club.

“Football is a rapidly growing sport in the shire and we’ve been working closely with the club to look at how we can meet their needs and fund this project,” said Ben Grounds, Places and Spaces Manager, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The new lights will make a big difference in extending training time after dark and helping to grow the club’s competition and social programs for males and females.

“In addition to benefiting all user groups, they will provide a safer environment and opportunities for residents to walk or jog around the field while club activities are in progress.”

The project is funded by Mount Alexander Shire Council, the Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund and Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club.

According to Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club President Aaron Shooter, the club is thrilled to see the lighting upgrade go ahead as part of its strategic plan.

“This much needed project will ensure that we can best use the ground to train the ever growing number of teams at the club, ensuring a safe environment to enjoy the sport,” said Mr Shooter.

“The additional lighting will essentially double the area available to our evening programs and add a huge amount of flexibility to where and when we can train our teams.

“The lights will also enable us to create more opportunities for social football throughout the year.”

“Seeing this project come to fruition is a testament to the hard working and commitment of club volunteers, past and present. We can’t wait to flick the switch,” he said.

The project has started with trench works to prepare for the installation of power, before the poles are assembled and raised.

De Araugo and Lea Electrical Contractors are completing the works, with construction expected to be completed by the end of May.

Council is taking precautions to minimise the impact on the surrounding area, ensure the lighting spill meets Australian standards and minimise the impact on nearby trees.

Image: The new floodlights will help the rapidly growing Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club expand on its competitive and social programs for all ages.

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