Improved lighting to be installed at Thomas Dalton Park

THE lighting coverage at Thomas Dalton Park will be improved with new energy efficient LED field lighting.

Wollongong City Council will install new lights and lighting poles to bring the coverage at the Fairy Meadow park up to the current Australian Standards for sports fields lighting.

Works are expected to begin in November and are expected to be complete by the end of the year, depending on weather.

During construction, sports clubs and the public will still have access to Thomas Dalton Park, however there may be some areas closed off at times for the public’s safety.

Council’s acting director of infrastructure and works, Joanne Page said that there has been a big increase in demand for the use of sports grounds across Wollongong.

“We want to support our local sports clubs to be able to make the most of Council infrastructure such as sports grounds and fields,” Ms Page said.

“One of the best ways we can achieve this is by improving lighting at sports ground to allow sporting clubs more time where they’re able to train and play, including at night.

“Good lighting is a cost-effective way we can improve the value of our existing facilities by significantly increasing the number of sporting activities that can take place.”

Council’s Sports Ground and Sporting Facilities Strategy 2017-2021 identifies lighting at sports grounds as one of the most significant assets that require upgrading to meet the increasing demand.

“The new lighting at Thomas Dalton Park will be energy efficient with LED technology installed and will also use a wireless control system to lower maintenance costs,” Ms Page said.

“We’ve also considered the impacts of lighting pollution and by using energy efficient lighting we can control the direction and spread of light to minimise the potential impact on surrounding residents.”

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A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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