Let there be light

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Lauren Bordin

A new sport­ing hub is in the mak­ing at Kialla Park Re­serve. With state-of-the-art lawn bowls fa­cil­i­ties and a newly ren­o­vated AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray of­fice space, the foot­ball oval will also re­ceive im­prove­ments. New light­ing will be in­stalled at the ground to make it safer for play­ers to train on. The Goul­burn Val­ley Giants mas­ters, the GV Stars All Abil­i­ties team as well as the Shepparton District Ju­nior Foot­ball League side South­ern Stars are all foot­ball clubs that make Kialla its home base. Old Stu­dents Cricket Club also an­nounced its re­lo­ca­tion to the same ground mid­way through last year. Hav­ing been based at Shepparton High School for nearly 90 years, the Stu­dents voted to move to Kialla with the im­prove­ments help­ing bring up the stan­dard of the oval for last sea­son’s Hais­man Shield pre­mier. AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray gen­eral man­ager Martin Glee­son an­nounced the in­stal­la­tion along with the un­veil­ing of of­fice re­de­vel­op­ments at the site. He said the lights would be of a train­ing stan­dard, with the level of light at 200 lux. ‘‘Hav­ing a proper of­fice space, hav­ing func­tional user groups here with the cricket and the GV Giants (and) new lights com­ing in then it’s re­ally bring­ing the com­mu­nity cen­tre back to life,’’ he said.

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