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New lighting upgrade for Portarlington Recreation Reserve

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson has welcomed the signing of a funding agreement between the Morrison Government and the City of Greater Geelong, marking the next exciting step for the Portarlington Recreation Reserve Lighting upgrade.

Senator Henderson said this was an important milestone for local sporting clubs, Portarlington residents and the Bellarine community.

“The Morrison Government’s $250,000 investment is just another example of the our commitment to regional communities,” Senator Henderson said.

“The oval lighting upgrade will remove the existing six pole configuration and replace it with four poles with LEDs of at least 50 lux. This existing lights mean that football and cricket training at night is perilous.

The lighting upgrade will allow local sports clubs and residents to get the most out of the facilities and train in the evening under high quality lights, increasing overall sports participation.

“As a result of a federal election commitment, I am very proud the Morrison Government is delivering this project for the Portarlington community.”

Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong Cr Stephanie Asher said “These new energy efficient LED lights will create a much better environment at night, meaning the oval will have capacity to host more training sessions and matches. This will allow the tenant clubs to grow participation for both women and men.”

“We appreciate this funding from the Australian Government and look forward to delivering the project for the Portarlington community.”

Linda Shaw, President of the Portarlington Football and Netball Club, also welcomed this decision that will make such a difference in the lives of Portarlington residents who use the oval.

“On behalf of everyone at the Portarlington Demons Football Netball Club, I would like to sincerely thank Senator Henderson for her support and commitment to our club and the wider Portarlington community,” Ms Shaw said.

“The lighting upgrade will give us the opportunity to provide more programs in a safer environment for our members and supporters,” Ms Shaw said.

The project will be completed in November 2021 and is funded as part of the Morrison Government’s Community Development Program.

The Morrison Government is also backing the region by delivering $2 million for Bellarine Community Health in Portarlington and $10 million for a new aquatic facility in Drysdale.

22 September 2020

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