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Funding to light up three ovals

The Hills Football Association has welcomed a $330,000 funding boost to upgrade the lights on three ovals, which they says is a priority.

The funding promise was announced last month by Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt who said sporting groups in the hills would benefit from a $330,000 Turnbull Coalition Government pledge to install lights at three ovals in the region.

He said a re-elected Coalition Government would fund the installation of lighting towers at Percy Cullen Oval in Gidgegannup, Chidlow Oval and Mundaring Oval.

Mr Wyatt said this funding was significant to Hasluck and it would mean greater opportunities for players of all ages to participate in sport and it provided the community with greater use of the facilities.

“Sporting codes like baseball, AFL, tee ball, hockey and cricket in the hills will now be able to train at night, or expand into new night competitions.”

Mr Wyatt said with three ovals capable of hosting night matches it opened up the possibility of a night AFL competition in the hills.

“It would be great to have a night AFL competition unique to Mundaring, Chidlow and Gidgegannup,” he said.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said the recent funding commitment meant the football community could start planning for the future.

He said the recent funding boost would allow the sporting grounds to be better utilised at night time, and community groups could use the space all year round.

“With the area rapidly growing the Chidlow Progress Association may hold night markets, summer evening swap meets, outdoor film nights, pre-dawn ANZAC events and concerts.”

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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