Sports lights hope shattered

TINKLE TINKLE: Many Katherine sports have been looking forward to starting the new season with better lighting for games and training.
TINKLE TINKLE: Many Katherine sports have been looking forward to starting the new season with better lighting for games and training.

SOME of the almost half million dollar lights bought to brighten up Katherine’s dry season sports are broken.

Katherine Town Council is now embroiled in an insurance case after some of the much-anticipated lights were found to have arrived worse for wear.

Council is claiming the lights were damaged in transport by the company engaged by the manufacturer.

It could now take a further three months before the lights are fully operational.

The $450,000 project is being funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation

The project is funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The luminaire installation for the project has now been scheduled for this week.

Council’s acting director works and services David Moore said 36 of the 40 lights would be installed while the council awaits the insurance claim and arrival of the remainder.

“The lights will have full capacity, but will not be able to be dimmed until the remainder arrive, this could take up to three months,” Mr Moore said.

“The newly installed lights should be operational by the end of the month.”

The new lighting towers and upgraded LED lighting are being installed at oval number two.

The lights are intended to create two sporting fields and rugby and soccer will be the initial beneficiaries of the upgraded lights which are expected to be suitable for training and games.

Oval number two is located between the Don Dale Centre and the tennis courts..

This oval is being transformed from one oval which had halogen lights to two ovals with 4 towers on each with LED lights.

Mr Moore said the new illuminated grounds would be able to have been designed to accommodate rugby and soccer.

Other sports including touch football and any other users wishing to book the grounds could make use of the lights and cooler evenings as well.