- Tuesday 16 August 2011
Performance on the Cotton Tree Rugby Union Sportsfields will be under the spotlight for a number of reasons from now on – helped along by the installation of a new state-of-the-art lighting system.
Division 8 and Major Projects Portfolio Councillor Debbie Blumel said she is extremely proud of this significant infrastructure project and what it offers for our community.
"Today’s celebration will reflect on many years of discussion and planning and acknowledge the wonderful co-operation between different arms of council, Maroochy Rugby Union Club, the state government and the community," Cr Blumel said.
"Sunshine Coast Council recognised the importance of delivering an open space for sport and recreation facilities and worked closely with Maroochy Rugby Union Club to deliver a fantastic facility for the community.
"The Maroochydore ‘Swans’ Rugby Union Club Sportsfields are situated in an iconic location close to the surf precinct and, outside planned sports activities, will provide valuable open space for locals and visitors to use," she said.
Works undertaken to reconfigure the fields to achieve a playing, training and Walla Pitch (junior field) – and to a standard worthy of attracting professional competition games – were extensive.
Laser levelling to achieve correct falls of the fields was undertaken prior to excavation and installation of drainage, a new irrigation system and turf. A new 10,000 gallon water tank & pump will help minimise water usage.
The trees on the inside of the fenceline along Fifth Avenue were replaced with advanced Tuckeroos and new post-and-rail fencing and perimeter seating has been installed.
Installation of the sophisticated lighting system – made possible through a funding grant of $136,613 through the Department of Communities Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program – completed council’s reconfiguration of the sporting grounds.
On Monday 15 August, The Hon Phil Reeves, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport has been invited to do the honours and ‘light up the fields’ at a late afternoon event designed to show the facilities at their best.
The lighting upgrade has transformed the fields. It is fully controlled allowing light to be directed only to fields being used – offering energy efficiency and cost and environmental benefits.
"We’ve already seen grid iron and bootcamp trainers in action – and under this magnificent lighting any slacking off is spotted straight away," Cr Blumel said.
"The lighting is the highest of quality with narrow beam directional lighting deliberately chosen to minimise light spillage to neighbouring dwellings while boosting the Club’s chances of securing professional night competitions."