Hervey Bay’s Keith Dunne Oval up in lights
Night-time cricket and football finals will now be a regular feature at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval following the successful installation of four floodlight poles at the ground.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Coalition Government contributed $150,000 toward the $444,712 project.
“Thanks to the installation of these powerful, modern floodlights, Keith Dunne Oval will now be able to host night matches and grand finals for both Aussie Rules and cricket,” Mr Pitt said.
“It also means the players can safely train after dark, especially in winter, which was a concern raised by the club with me.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project was another example of the Coalition Government investing in regional areas to improve lifestyles and build stronger communities, with the upgrade set to increase participation in sport.
“This is fantastic news for sport in the Hervey Bay area, with the possibility of night-time use bringing together all Bay Power Aussie Rules grades for training for the first time,” Dr McVeigh said.
“It’s something the local sporting community has wanted for more than a decade now and it’s fantastic to see Bay Power and other oval users now able to schedule night games for both junior and senior players.”
Mayor for Fraser Coast Regional Council George Seymour said the upgrade will help increase numbers at training.
“These new lights will have a range of benefits for the club, making it more attractive for new players and giving club sponsors better value for money,” Cr Seymour said.
The Coalition Government invested $150,000 in the project, with the Queensland Government investing $100,000 and Fraser Coast Regional Council a further $84,712. The project also received financial support from Cricket Queensland, AFL Queensland and Bay Power Australian Football Club.