New Meekatharra Town Oval Lighting Enables Year Round Use

New Meekatharra Town Oval Lighting Enables Year Round Use

Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Mia Davies

Meekatharra Town Oval Lights Up

Victor P Taffa

  • New lighting system switched on for Meekatharra town oval
  • $75,000 for project through Liberal National Government

Meekatharra residents now have additional opportunities to train and play sport year round, with Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies flipping the ‘on’ switch for the new town oval lights over the weekend.

Ms. Davies officially launched the new lighting system which will allow residents to train and compete in the cool of the evening during the region’s hot summers.

“I’m pleased to turn on these new lights as I know they will make the oval an even more valuable sporting facility for the community.” Ms. Davies said.

Funded by a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) of $75,000, the lighting will provide the Shire of Meekatharra with the ability to hold more physical activity programs for residents during the evening.

“The Liberal National Government and the shire are conscious of the value of sport and recreation to all members of the community.” Ms. Davies said.

“Participating in sport has benefits for health, education, law and order and general enjoyment of life, particularly in isolated communities such as Meekatharra.”

The shire also received a CSRFF grant in 2014 of $108,000 for a new gymnasium to be built in the community sports complex.

“In small and remote regional centres such as Meekatharra, facilities like this new lighting system provide a bright future for all residents young and old.” Ms. Davies said.

The introduction of the KidSport Program in 2011where the State Government subsidises the cost of membership to sporting clubs and programs for families who may not be able to afford to join in will also help the community make the most of the facilities.

“In Meekatharra, it’s pleasing to see 233 KidSport vouchers have been provided to help 200 indigenous kids participate as we all know that sport helps keep our communities together.” Ms. Davies said.

Fact File

  • A grant of $75,000 was approved for the installation of the town oval lights through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)
  • CSRFF exemplifies the Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State
  • 219 of the 233 KidSport kids have never been part of a sporting club before