Putting light on the sub­ject

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Peo­ple tak­ing part in night sport and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties at Hor­sham City Oval are set to ben­e­fit from im­proved flood­light­ing.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil con­trac­tors are re­plac­ing lights as part of pe­ri­odic main­te­nance on four tow­ers at the re­serve.

Sport­ing events un­der lights have be­come part of Hor­sham cul­ture dur­ing the past decade.

The 30-me­tre tow­ers ap­peared in the Hor­sham sky­line as part of a $450,000 flood­light­ing pro­ject in 2010.

The tow­ers dwarfed the pre­vi­ous tow­ers used for foot­ball train­ing.

Hor­sham coun­cil tech­ni­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor John Martin said the work would have an im­me­di­ate im­pact on lighting at the re­serve.

“The work should re­turn lighting at Hor­sham City Oval to its best,” he said.

“Lights cease to work over a pe­riod of time, im­pact­ing on ad­e­quate light lev­els.

“It’s not a rou­tine job, re­quir­ing a crane, but it is some­thing we need to do ev­ery few years.”

Since the in­stal­la­tion of the lights, Hor­sham City Oval has pro­vided the set­ting for sev­eral mem­o­rable night foot­ball and cricket matches. Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion will present an A Grade twi­light match be­tween Homers and West Wim­mera War­riors un­der lights at the city oval on Satur­day.

The oval precinct, in­clud­ing ad­ja­cent Sawyer Park, will be abuzz with ac­tiv­ity on Satur­day night, with an in­au­gu­ral Hor­sham Rock­fest con­cert at Hor­sham Sound­shell.

Sev­eral Wim­mera, Mallee and Grampians cen­tres boast ex­ten­sive flood­light­ing at ma­jor sport­ing re­serves and com­mu­nity park­land ar­eas.

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