Leederville’s Britannia Reserve gets brighter lights for sports and dog walkers – PerthNow
Sporting teams, dog walkers and families can now use Britannia Reserve in Leederville at night under brighter LED lights.
The eight new lights are brighter, more energy efficient and spill minimal light compared to previous lighting.
Each light is also programmable and dimmable so different lighting configurations can be provided for both sport and community use.
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The lighting is also directed downward to the playing surface and illuminates a more confined area in a direct beam.
This upgrade, worth about $1.1 million, was funded by the City of Vincent and the Federal Government, which committed $844,435 from its local roads and community infrastructure program.
Mayor Emma Cole said the new lights would brighten three cricket pitches during the summer sport season and six soccer fields during the winter sport season.
“Our local sporting clubs and community can now safely enjoy Britannia Reserve under brighter and more environmentally-friendly LED lights without light spill to neighbours, given the new technology,” she said.
New floodlighting at Britannia Reserve. Credit: Floreat Athena president Con Poulios
“This is a significant investment in our local reserve and great for our growing sports clubs, with more local adults and kids having the opportunity to train.”
Floreat Athena Football Club, Leederville Cricket Club and Vincent City Ducks gridiron club are among the main users of the reserve.
Floreat Athena Football Club president Con Poulios said the new lights would enable the club to have more junior and women’s teams and enough space for everyone to train and play matches.
“Floreat Athena celebrated 70 years in 2021. While the previous lights weren’t quite that old, the new world class LED lighting that has been installed should last nearly another 70 years,” he said.
“With the Men’s World Cup taking place in Qatar from November to December this year and the FIFA Women’s World Cup being fought out in Australia and New Zealand from July to August next year, it has never been more important for the sport that we have the right facilities to cater for the increase in children and young people wanting to play the world game.
“Floreat Athena look forward to continuing their excellent working partnership with the City of Vincent in 2022, with our attention now turning to the refurbishment of the Litis Stadium clubrooms and construction of new changerooms.”
Leederville Cricket Club president Ryan Ruthven said the lighting upgrade would benefit the club’s juniors and seniors as they would be able to host competitive night …….