Fund­ing hopes for light­ing up­grade

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

KINGS­LEY

Kings­ley Ju­nior Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Hamish Borthen said the up­grade would have many ben­e­fits for the club and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It will in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion, pri­mar­ily through the fe­male com­pe­ti­tions which are played on Fri­day evenings,” he said.

“Cur­rently we do not have the light­ing to host games, so play­ers have to travel 20 min­utes or more to games, which is di­rectly af­fect­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion at the lo­cal level.

“We would also like to be able to fix­ture night games for the boys com­pe­ti­tion.

“This will free up the park on a Sun­day, which will also give the park a bit of a rest dur­ing the day­light hours and al­low other users on to it.”

At the pre­vi­ous week’s brief­ing ses­sion, the Kings­ley Am­a­teur Foot­ball Club also sup­ported the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Keith Pearce said it would also al­low them to in­crease fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion, “cre­at­ing a pathway for girls in to the AFL”.

Pres­i­dent Tim McKim­mie said the big­gest hur­dle stop­ping the club from get­ting more teams on the park was time.

He said lights would en­able later games to be held and would also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to take part in in­te­grated foot­ball for play­ers with phys­i­cal or in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

The City held com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion from June 12 to July 3, with eight sub­mis­sions re­ceived. Of these, six sup­ported the up­grade.

Those that did not raised con­cerns about in­creased noise in the evening, in­ad­e­quate parking and con­cern that the height of the lights would be “an eye­sore”.

The City hopes to up­grade the flood­light­ing at Kings­ley Park.

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