Minister flicks on Wonthella Oval lights

Published on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Its official, the Wonthella Oval floodlights have been turned on and whether it’s music, sports or festivals, new opportunities for Geraldton to host evening sporting and entertainment events are lighting up like never before.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new floodlights enabled the City to host its biggest event ever, the triple j One Night Stand concert in April.

“The 500 lux flood lighting is part of the infrastructure required for night time programming and is now paving the way for Geraldton to host large scale events,” he said.

“We know the new flood lighting will make Geraldton very attractive for regional and state wide sporting activities including the possibility of AFL pre-season games which will result in huge economic benefits for our community.

“This $1.5 million investment has already resulted in an estimated $1.6 million being injected into our local economy by One Night Stand concert goers alone and this is just the beginning.”

The $1.5 million project was joint funded by Royalties for Regions contributing $590,000, Department of Sport and Recreation $230,000, Country Local Government Fund $229,000, the Australian Football League $100,000 and the City of Greater Geraldton $351,000.

Picture caption: (Left to right) Hon Brian Ellis MLC Agricultural Region, Hon Paul Brown MLC Agricultural Region, Hon Mia Davies, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Ian Blayney MLA, Mayor Shane Van Styn and Hon James Chown MLC Agricultural Region officially turn on the lights at the Wonthella Oval.

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