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Saturday, 11 August 2018

New lights have been switched on at the Braidwood Recreation Ground, meaning more local sports teams can train and play later into the night. The Member for Monaro John Barilaro joined the Braidwood Redbacks as they played their first game under the new lights, beating the Batemans Bay Boars on Friday night.

Mr Barilaro said Friday’s game under the $380,000 lights signifies a turning point for sport in Braidwood.

“New lights mean new options for sporting groups to run night games, which will resolve a number of scheduling clashes for local teams, allowing games and training sessions of an evening,” said Mr Barilaro.

The 200 lux LED lights are powerful and economical, and serviced the Friday night game well. Importantly, the new lights are constructed in a way that reduces the amount of light spill into neighbouring properties.

Mr Barilaro said the $380,000 lighting project funded under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will benefit a number of local sporting clubs who use the fields.

“The Braidwood Recreation Grounds are used by various sporting clubs including soccer, rugby league and rugby union teams as well as local BMX bikers,” said Mr Barilaro.

“The beauty of this project means that sports enthusiasts can train at night and enjoy evening games without the hassle of watching the clock to decide how much longer they can stay on the recreation ground.”

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall welcomed the new lights in Braidwood.

“Braidwood sports teams have been calling for improved lighting at the Recreation Ground for many years,” said Mr Overall.

“These new lights mean teams like the Braidwood Redbacks and Palerang United FC can extend the hours of use of the ground and continue to grow their sports for the community of Braidwood.”

Braidwood Redbacks Rugby Union Club Manager Nick Pengelly said the lights are fantastic for the club.

“Last year, we played a night game against Bungendore under their lights and the dream of playing a night time home game was born,” Mr Pengelly said.

“Now, this is a reality. These lights will not only revolutionise our club and our competition, they will also make a massive difference to other sports and clubs in Braidwood.

“The ability to play night games will help us immensely. Timetabling with the Saturday afternoon soccer games has always clashed and now we will have extra time during the week to use the grounds.

“The old lights limited our night time training sessions. Having the recreation grounds lit up properly of an evening will allow our teams to train properly without being limited by the daylight.

“Thank you very much to John Barilaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council for supporting our local clubs and making this happen.”

The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund aims to increase social amenity and support regional communities through investment in significant community infrastructure.

“Locals have already seen a real benefit from community projects such as this one and I look forward to seeing many more come to fruition.” said Mr Barilaro