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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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.
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
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
Feedback will be considered before being presented to Council for final endorsement
Timeline item 7 - complete
7 February 2024
Endorsed by council