Parks & Recreation

Football Wagga is shining bright in the right light

Published: 13 Sep 2019 3:21pm

Football Wagga Wagga is continuing to kick goals at Rawlings Park with Wagga Wagga City Council’s ongoing support.

On Monday night Council approved FWW’s application to install new ground lighting at Rawlings Park.

“This is another great example of the strong partnership we have established with Football Wagga Wagga to further enhance the fast-growing sport in our region,” Council’s Strategic Asset Planner Ben Creighton said.

“Council recognises the impact these lights will have on increasing the community’s access, and use, of Rawlings Park.”

FWW was successful in receiving a Federal grant of $450,000 to fund the installation of lighting towers on three fields located at Rawlings Park 2.

“We have the money sitting in our account, so all we needed was the approval,” FWW’s Tim Barter said.

“It’s just brilliant to finally have the chance to move ahead and get work underway.”

Mr Barter is confident the governing body, which will co-ordinate the management of the project, will have the new lights up and running by the end of the year.

“We are now in a position to order the lights and, after that, we’ll put out to tender for the installation,” Mr Barter said.

“This is something Erwin (Budde) has worked on for a number of years. He’s done all the leg work, and we’re finally seeing it come to fruition.”

The new lights will improve FWW’s capacity to meet the code’s high growth rate and the increasing demand on facilities.

“It gives us an extra three fields for training purposes, making it easier for clubs to plan for summer football and preseason training,” Mr Barter said.

“Once the season gets underway, the new lights will also allow us to extend games - a bit later – on more fields.

“It opens up a lot of options for us, which is just brilliant.”