06 July 2023

It’s game on both day and night for St Arnaud’s footballers and hockey players, thanks to newly completed oval lighting at Lord Nelson Park.

Member for Ripon Martha Haylett yesterday joined Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin and members of the Saints football and hockey clubs to officially switch on the upgraded lights, made possible by a $250,000 investment from the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Regional communities like St Arnaud are home to some of Victoria’s most passionate sportspeople, and up until recently, more than 220 players from across the Saints’ teams and the St Arnaud AusKick program had limited training opportunities due to non-compliant lighting towers.

Those challenges are now a thing of the past, thanks to the 100 lux LED lighting to the football oval and 300 lux LED lighting to the hockey pitch.

These new lights will increase the access hours for Lord Nelson Park, meaning more people can train and compete in a safe environment well into the evening.

The fun won’t stop at football and hockey, with the lights providing the local community with more chances to exercise and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the park in the evening.

The Victorian Budget 2023-24 is providing $213 million to deliver and improve community sports infrastructure and support initiatives that boost participation and inclusion in local sports clubs and organisations.

It’s part of more than $1.9 billion invested by the Victoria Government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, levelling the playing field and fast-tracking community projects by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

Martha Haylett MP acknowledged the Federal Government for its financial contribution of $535,000, and Northern Grampians Shire Council for its contribution of $30,000 to the project.

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Quote attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett MP

“Clubs like the St Arnaud Saints are home to some of Victoria’s most passionate sportspeople – it's important they have access to facilities that are safe to use into the evening.”

“The new sports lighting at Lord Nelson Park will provide the Saints with opportunities to increase membership and get more of St Arnaud in the game.”

“Better lit facilities provide more opportunities for Victorians to get involved with local sport and recreation and to lead active and healthy lifestyles on a schedule that works for them.”