New technology is helping light up Whittlesea sport at night.
Whittlesea council has installed energy-efficient LED lighting at Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve, West Lalor Tennis Club, the soccer ground at Partridge Recreation Reserve in Lalor and Main Street Recreation Reserve in Thomastown.
Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve was the first in the municipality to have LED sports ground lights installed at an AFL-accredited synthetic oval, making it easier for teams to train after the sun goes down.
Whittlesea mayor Kris Pavlidis said the council had received a large number of requests for increased usability of sports grounds after hours.
“With a booming municipality there has never been more demand for access to sporting facilities,” she said.
“The LED lights mean the facilities can operate for longer hours, giving more residents the opportunity to play sport, which is a real win.”
Cr Pavlidis said that the LED lights, in addition to being energy efficient, would save the council money in maintenance and operational costs.
“LED sports ground lighting technology is becoming more mainstream and the initial costs of installation are gradually becoming comparable with that of the standard lights,” Cr Pavlidis said.
“We’re investigating the option to include LED lighting at most sports facilities when the existing lights are due for replacement.