Lighting upgrades benefit local sport

Media Release 28 January 2022
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Sports teams in the City of South Perth will enjoy more time to play this season after the City installed new competition level lighting at Bill Grayden Reserve in Como. The upgrade has expanded the use of the reserve, with lighting levels now sufficient for hosting night games. The modern LED floodlights will maximise energy savings and operate more efficiently using a remote access system.

The upgrade is part of the City’s Sports Oval Floodlighting Plan and has been jointly funded by the City, the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the AFL and Trinity Aquinas Football Club. It follows an upgrade to lighting at Challenger Reserve in Manning.

City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said the upgrades are a win for grassroots sport and for the wider community.

“The new floodlights mean our community can get the most out of the City’s existing facilities. 

“With more than half of the project funding secured through grants, we can deliver more value to our community at less cost to ratepayers. 

“Local sport is a key part of our active and healthy community in the City of South Perth and the upgrades will help to build participation and support clubs to grow.

“Sporting clubs including Trinity Aquinas Football Club and South Perth United Football Club are already embracing the opportunity spend more time on the field by training and playing at night. This is a great outcome for our community.”

Bill Grayden Reserve is home to Trinity Aquinas Football Club who will begin preseason training this month. Trinity Aquinas Football Club President, Gerard Arangio, welcomed the upgrade saying it will make a big difference to the club.

“The lighting project is something that really changes the face of Trinity Aquinas. 

“The club is getting bigger year on year, and we're thrilled to be adding a women’s team in 2022. 

“This lighting lets us get more out of the facility with more room to train, better visibility and night games are the obvious cherry on top. We're so excited to get back there”, said Mr Arangio. 

The State Government, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, is a major supporter of community sport and recreation facilities in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities. When we play sport our whole community wins.