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The plan identifies all existing sports lighting infrastructure, in particular the lighting poles and luminaries, and new sports lighting infrastructure that will be needed in the future.

Projects in the plan will be funded by future grants which can be applied for by both Council and community groups.

Future plans for the region

The plan covers 45 sports grounds, multi-purpose courts, tennis courts and skateparks. It identifies 136 wooden sports lighting poles to be replaced on a priority basis.

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Exhibition period

The draft strategy was on public exhibition for community feedback from Friday 27 October until Sunday 3 December, where we received 23 formal submissions.

The feedback received from the community was considered and some changes were made to the draft document.

The strategy was then adopted by the elected Council at the 7 February 2024 Ordinary Meeting.

Community feedback

Feedback from submissions was mainly asking for lighting to be considered in specific locations.

Other submission themes included requests for different lux levels, questioning recommendations to upgrade lighting that has recently been upgraded, and concern for artificial lighting's impact on wildlife.

Changes in response to submissions

Based on the feedback received the folowing actions have been updated;

  • The Diamond Beach Sports Ground has been changed to include the installation of 4x new poles, the installation of LED luminaries and Lux level = 100 lux.
  • The tennis court lights at Nabiac will be upgraded to LED sports lighting which will cater for all community groups currently using the facility.
  • A standalone netball facility will investigated at Aub Ferris Sports complex if the future use of the Nabiac tennis courts for netball exceeds the capacity of the current facility.
  • The tennis courts at Killabakh and Kimbriki will investigate upgrading the lighting at the facility at end of life.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    May - November 2022

    We asked the community to tell us how they use outdoor spaces in the MidCoast to develop the draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    November 2022 - April 2023

    The draft strategy was written considering all feedback and information. Feedback highlighted the importance of outdoor courts to the community

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    July 2023

    The Open Space and Recreation Strategy was adopted by Council

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    July - October 2023

    The draft Sports Lighting Plan is developed.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    27 October – 1 December 2023

    The draft Sports Lighting Plan on public exhibition for community comment

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    December 2023

    Feedback will be considered before being presented to Council for final endorsement

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    7 February 2024

    Endorsed by council

Outdoor Sports Court strategy

We have several strategies that make up our Open Space and Recreation strategy.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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