Old BCU stadium lights to shine on

LOCAL sporting clubs and groups are being invited to apply to have the old light fixtures from the BCU International Stadium installed at their grounds.

Coffs Harbour City councillors voted to approve the distribution of 84 ex-stadium lighting fixtures at Thursday’s council meeting.

Former deputy mayor Bill Palmer tried to have the lights placed on sports grounds away from the central area of Coffs Harbour but was told he could not insist on that.

All the available fittings have been tested and have had the old lamps replaced with new.

The 84 fixtures will be able to light up to four community fields to a 100 lux level, which is the Australian Standard for training use for all codes of football.

“The council’s Sports Unit has received a number of formal and informal requests from clubs for the old lights,” said Craig Milburn, the council’s director of corporate business.

“Rather than just give them away on a first-come, first served basis, the unit worked with the original lighting installers to develop an expression of interest process that will ensure that the lights go to the most suitable grounds.”

“Once those sites are established, the Sports Unit will also arrange delivery of the fixtures to the clubs.”

An information pack that outlines the eligibility criteria is now available on the council’s website under Public Notices for sporting groups and venues that wish to express an interest in acquiring the lights.

The Sports Unit and COFFSAC, council’s sports advisory committee, will then undertake a three-part selection process to determine which grounds receive the lighting.

“Thanks to a Federal Government grant of $2.2 million, the stadium itself is now lit with digital TV standard lighting – an upgrade that’s already paid dividends by attracting new events to the city,” said Mayor Keith Rhoades.

“Other local sports fields are now in line to get good quality lighting, too,through the distribution of the old lights from the stadium.

“Coffs Harbour has an excellent reputation as a top sports event destination and having even more sports grounds lit to a good standard can only add to that standing.”

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