Photo FRONT L-R: Shaneeka Wisz & Martina Williams & BACK L-R – Kerri-Anne Falla, Shaniqua Williams, Richie Williamson, Shelera Williams, & Lyn Newby
The Grafton Regional Hockey Complex is all the brighter thanks to a $335,000 LED lighting upgrade to both its synthetic playing fields.
Clarence Nationals MP Richie Williamson has officially opened the completed project.
He said the upgrade was made possible thanks to an investment by the former NSW Nationals Government under the Female Friendly Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrade program.
“Hockey is a really big sport in Grafton and has produced some outstanding female players over the years, with the Under 18s girls representative team recently travelling to Narellan to play in the Division 1 State Championships,” Mr Williamson said.
“The lighting upgrade will provide a safer and more inclusive space allowing increased night games while at the same time reduce running costs by providing more durable lighting.
“When women and girls feel comfortable they are more likely to stick with their chosen sport. This helps local clubs keep existing players and inspires the next generation of female sporting stars.
“It’s important that we continue to invest in existing local sporting infrastructure making them safer, more inclusive and more sustainable, and I congratulate Grafton Hockey Association on its successful application under the program.”
Grafton Hockey Association Vice President Lyn Newby said the upgrade will ensure the longevity of the lights and decrease direct electricity costs.
“This means we can keep playing fees at a reasonable cost and ensure there is sufficient lighting around the complex to enable our player base to be secure, while enjoying sport and ensuring a safe and inclusive atmosphere while enjoying night hockey,” she said.
Grafton Rugby Club was also successful in receiving $160,000 under the same program to upgrade lighting and other female facility upgrades at its Hay Street sporting complex in South Grafton.