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Improvements for Fairy Meadow sports ground: Guest Park set for lights

GUEST Park is set to receive new LED sports field lighting as part of a series of improvements to the popular Fairy Meadow sporting ground.

Wollongong City Council has accepted the tender for the design and installation of sports field lighting to meet increased sporting demands of the community.

A series of other improvements to Guest Park, including a tender for the refurbishment of amenities, is planned to begin mid-November 2020, as well as proposed upgrades to the carpark by Council’s City Works team. Works on the Guest Park carpark is planned for early 2021.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that Council was focussed on improving sporting facilities across the city and the Guest Park upgrades will facilitate more access to the popular space.

“We know that our community loves sport,” he said.

“Good lighting makes sure that our sporting facilities are fit for purpose for the clubs that use them and extends the amount of time people can use these spaces.

“The Guest Park lighting upgrades will benefit many sport clubs who regularly use the park, including the Illawarra United Stingrays Football Club who plan to use Guest Park as their women’s football club training base in 2021,”

Council’s Sports Ground and Sporting Facilities Strategy 2017-2021 identified lighting as one of the most significant upgrades needed to meet growing demand and use from sporting clubs.

“Council has already installed sport field lighting in 67 fields across the city. The great things about these upgrades is that improved lighting means we can encourage more use of our sporting facilities and provide access to a wide range of sporting codes.,” Cr Bradbery said.

Besides the Stingrays, the lighting will allow the Illawarra Church Soccer Association and Football South Coast Mens to train and play at night, as well as have access to improvement amenities.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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