Britannia Reserve lighting gets the green light

Published on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 at 4:34:25 PM

Local sporting teams have plenty to cheer about after significant lighting upgrades at Britannia Reserve in Leederville were given the green light.

The City of Vincent has approved the installation of eight new LED lights at the northern end of the reserve, which will illuminate three playing fields and allow more teams to play and train after dark.

Standing at 35 metres, the new light poles will be taller than the existing lights, allowing a more direct beam and greater visibility, which is best practice for sports field lighting.

Partially funded through a $491,000 grant from the Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, the works form part of Vincent’s draft Britannia Reserve Development Plan which will soon be open for community consultation.

Mayor Emma Cole said the new lights were a major win for local sporting teams and park users.

“This is a big investment for community sport as it allows our local teams, from young children through to seasoned adults, to train in the safest conditions and with best visibility,’’ she said.

“Dog walkers, joggers and other park users will also be pleased to know the park will be better lit at night.

“This improves safety for all and means we can make the most of Britannia Reserve day and night.”

Floreat Athena Football club president Con Poulios applauded the news and said greater visibility at night was great news for his players.

“New and improved lights will not only help our club it will also be beneficial for the local cricket club and anyone else who uses Britannia to train and play,’’ he said.

“Floodlights will allow us to train later during the winter months and a greater projection of light will allow us to rotate where we train on the ground so the turf gets a break.

“It will also preserve the turf inside Litis Stadium, which some of our teams are currently using to train as there isn’t enough space under the existing lights for everyone to train.”

The new lights, which are more energy efficient and better for the environment, will be installed before the end of 2021.

Further facility upgrades at Britannia Reserve– including new purpose built changerooms and public toilets for the Floreat Athena Football Club are also on the cards for 2021/22, as part of a Federal Government grant.

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