Lights are coming on at Glen Huon Oval!

Published on Friday, 25 February 2022 at 3:13:00 PM

Lights are coming on at Glen Huon Oval!


We’re getting set to light up the night for sporting folk in the region with exciting news this week the Shire of Dardanup has kicked a goal with its grant application to the State Government for installation of new floodlighting at Glen Huon Reserve in Eaton.

Work on installation of the lights will start towards the end of 2022 and once complete will provide both football and softball clubs using the oval new opportunities to compete, train and attract new players, not just from within the Dardanup Shire but throughout the region.

Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman announced a grant of $290,000 had been awarded via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Club Night Lights Fund.

“While lights practically allow activities to go on later into the night, the wider implications are really positive for the community – more people are able to be active and clubs might be able to field more teams. Plus, it allows for greater participation flexibility amongst groups who might not be able to do sport at other times of the day,” Mr Templeman said.

Improvements to Sport & Recreation Facilities plus lighting of streets and public places were identified by residents as among their Top 10 priorities in our Community Satisfaction Survey undertaken last year.

It follows news via Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns earlier this month we’d also hit a home run with a grant application for $700,000 for creation of a new multi-sports facility on Pratt Road, Eaton, – providing an impressive new home for junior football and cricket.

And coming soon is our upgrade of changerooms at Wells Park Recreation Reserve in Dardanup.

More about future plans and timing for Sport and Recreation in the Shire of Dardanup, is set out in our Sport & Recreation Plan 2020-2030, developed last year with input from Council’s Sport & Recreation Advisory Group, focus groups and an online consultation.

The plan’s Vision is recorded as:

“To provide and maintain a range of sport and recreation facilities, infrastructure and services which promote the Shire as an attractive and desirable place to live and visit by connecting and promoting the economic and social value of sport and recreation to the health and wellbeing of the community.”

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett thanked the State Government for its contribution and Ms Hanns for her advocacy on behalf of the project.

“We have been very lucky to receive a really significant amount of funding support from the State Government in recent times that has been converted into incredible upgrades to our sporting facilities and infrastructure,” Cr Bennett said.

“The positive flow on effects of these upgrades to our community is hard to quantify but no doubt make an important contribution to both the Community and Amenity objectives of our work.”

Jodie Hanns MLA said: “I’m delighted that the Shire of Dardanup have been successful in their application to the Club Night Lights program.”

“Grassroots sport and recreation helps bring communities together whilst ensuring people are staying fit and active.

“It will allow local sporting groups to be able to train and play in the evenings.

“I’m proud to be part of the McGowan Labor government and I’m committed to delivering for the community.”

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