Shining a light on premier Broadford sporting reserve
The Broadford sporting community was looking forward to officially ‘flicking the switch’ on four newly installed 30-metre high light towers at Harley Hammond Reserve Oval this week. Due to the new Stay at Home restrictions, this has been delayed to a later date.
Each tower houses four LED lamps that can be set to 50 lux for training and 100 lux for competition. These are the compliant standards for Australian Rules Football at a local level. A feature of the installation is that it has the capacity to be upgraded to 150 lux in the future.
The improved lighting provides more even visibility across the ground which improves safety for participants and the condition of the ground, allowing more sections of the oval to be utilised for training. This is in addition to the oval being reconstructed in 2017, which provided a new playing surface, irrigation and drainage. These upgrades have greatly improved the quality of the oval and have increased the oval’s carrying capacity.
The LED fittings provide a clearer and more direct light disbursement, limiting the light spillage outside of the playing surface area of the oval. LED fittings are more energy efficient and have a longer operational life that is cost efficient and user friendly.
Local sporting groups at Harley Hammond Reserve that use the oval include:
- Broadford Football Netball Club
- Broadford Junior Football Netball Club
- Broadford Auskick
- Broadford Cricket Club
The lighting upgrade cost $297,000 and was fully funded by Mitchell Shire Council.
Comments from Mayor David Lowe
"The new lighting upgrade allows the local sporting community to train in a safer environment, while also helping to maintain the condition of the oval. Harley Hammond Oval is the premier sporting reserve in Broadford and these improvements gives the community a ground suitable for holding exciting night football matches when our sports return," he said.
"We’re all missing our sport during this lockdown period and now we can look forward to watching our local sporting groups play on an exceptional sporting reserve."
Comments from Harley Hammond Reserve Committee of Management Secretary John Paterson
"The committee of management and the local sporting clubs are extremely grateful to Mitchell Shire Council for installing the new lights. The old ones were past there used by date," he said.
"It's terrific to have these new lights which make Harley Hammond Oval look like the MCG. It's a shame that COVID has stopped us from using them this straight away."
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