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Lights needed for Saturday games

PLANS to conduct more Group 2 fixtures on Saturdays are under threat with initial investigations suggesting lighting at most grounds is inadequate.

Chief administrator Jim Anderson has now urged all clubs to get their ground lighting tested by licensed electricians to ascertain if they are up to standard.

“They have to be 100 lux and a document signed by the electrician stating same may be required for insurance reasons in the future,” he said.

With the competition proper commencing next weekend, Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo have already booked their meeting with Port Macquarie for Saturday afternoon from 1pm, hoping to make it to the end without the requirement of lighting later in the day.

“I have been informed the Bellingen lights are not up to scratch and in fact upon inspection reveal that light fittings on the pole need replacing ... also the fuse boxes,” Anderson said.

The lighting issue is a growing problem across regional sports and North Coast Football chairman Peter Rowe has invited Group 2 to co-operate with his body, Mid North Coast Rugby and AFL North Coast in a combined cross-code drive for funding.

“I’ve made contact with Luke Hartsuyker about this issue and he’s promised to look at what federal money may be available for lighting upgrades and related ground improvements,” Rowe revealed.

“This has become vitally important to all sporting bodies and we have a better chance of finding solutions if there’s a combined approach.”

Anderson agrees this is the way to go and will seek a resolution of support from the next Management Committee meeting.