Green light for new Riddells Creek Rec Reserve lights

Last updated on 16 February 2024

Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve and its users will soon benefit from better lighting thanks to a confirmed funding partnership between Council, community and the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Government’s announcement yesterday of a successful $200,000 grant application by Council, together with a $50,000 contribution from the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve Consultative Committee, will support Council’s budget contribution towards LED lighting upgrades that will bring the ground in line with appropriate standards.

The Victorian Government funding comes through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Country Football and Netball Program, which – in partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria – assists regional clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to upgrade and develop facilities.

Mayor Annette Death said Council was proud to have collaborated on a positive outcome for the reserve’s many user groups including the Riddell Football Netball Club, Riddells Creek Junior Football Netball Club and Riddell Cricket Club.

“Better lighting will make such a big difference at this ground and opens up so many more opportunities for user groups with the potential for night matches, a better night-time training experience and other events,” she said.

“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support in collaborating with Council and the community to help make this important upgrade a reality for the community.”

With confirmation of the funding, Council will now work to build on earlier cost estimates sourced to progress with detailed designs, tender out the necessary works and award work to the successful construction company to complete the upgrades. Council will also continue to work closely with user groups throughout the process.

Final costs of the project are subject to procurement processes and will be confirmed upon project completion. Timelines will also be determined through the procurement process and updated as the project progresses.