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Lighting to Improve Accessibility of Two Public Sporting Ovals

The installation of 12 strategically-placed LED lights in two of Mount Isa’s biggest public multi-use sporting ovals is great news for locals who will be able to make use of the facilities for playing sports, training, walking or jogging, even after the sun goes down, Mayor Joyce McCulloch says.


Council was recently successful in securing more than $442,000 in Federal Government funding, through the Building Better Regions Fund’s Infrastructure Project Stream.


The grant covers 75 percent of the $589,859 project, which will install six LED floodlights each in Captain James Cook Park, on the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Avenue, and in Sunset Oval, on Abel Smith Parade.


“There is currently no lighting infrastructure at Captain Cook Park, and only limited lighting at Sunset Oval, and Council recognised a need for there to be adequate lighting so that people could make the most of these wonderful public facilities all year round, even at night,” Cr McCulloch said.


“Particularly during our hot summer months, it’s essential for people to be able to make use of cooler night-time temperatures in order to enjoy taking part in community sports, for instance, or just outdoor exercise and recreation.


“And in the cooler months, the sun goes down a lot earlier – about 6pm, compared to 7.30pm in mid-summer – so people definitely do need that lighting if they’re exercising outside at that time of day.


“These floodlights will also improve safety and give people better peace of mind when visiting these ovals at night.”


The lights will each be 25 metres tall and 100 lux in strength, which meets the requirements for club-level competitions, training and practice, and be strategically placed around the ovals.


Light spill will also be controlled, to limit the impacts to surrounding residential properties and roads in close proximity to the ovals.


Council will put the installation work of the floodlights out for tender in the coming weeks, with the project to be completed in due course.