THE spotlight is about to be shone on Portland’s sporting heartland.
The Portland Football Netball Club is lobbying to get an upgrade of lighting at its home ground, Hanlon Park.
The club has approached Glenelg Shire to support the bid.
At its ordinary meeting this week, council voted to apply for a $100,000 state government grant for the lighting upgrade. This grant would go towards new lights for both the oval and the netball amenities. This would include four 30-metre lights surrounding the football oval and eight 12-metre high lights for the two netball courts. The current lighting does not meet required minimum standards to ensure player safety.
Glenelg Shire mayor Anita Rank said the new lighting would assist to attract premier games of football, cricket and netball to the precinct.
“Portland is playing in one of country Victoria’s major country football and netball leagues and it is pivotal that it has premier facilities to support it in an effort to attract finals and ensure the best playing conditions for its players,” Cr Rank said.
“Furthermore, this new lighting will allow for other year-round recreation activities such as carnivals and community events at the CBD space. Council is proud to support its recreation clubs to assist in attracting greater player participation and create more community events to ensure we have a healthy and active community.”
Community consultation was completed on the lighting project over the past month with feedback sought on the Your Say Glenelg website.
In addition, letters have been delivered to more than 680 residents surrounding Hanlon Park.