New lights boost track safety

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New floodlights have been installed at the Woorree Park BMX track to allow for night-time training and competitions.

The City of Greater Geraldton said the $86,270 project involved replacing existing floodlights with three new poles and energy efficient LED lights.

A State Government Community Sporting and Recreational Facilities Fund grant contributed $20,973 towards the cost.

Under the grant scheme, the City pays a third towards successful applications, and the sporting club that is applying pays the rest.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, right, Sport and Leisure Planner Emma Smith (from left), BMX Club President Fleur Bishop and club member James Bishop under the LED floodlighting at Woorree BMX Park.
Camera IconCity of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, right, Sport and Leisure Planner Emma Smith (from left), BMX Club President Fleur Bishop and club member James Bishop under the LED floodlighting at Woorree BMX Park. Credit: Supplied

Club president Fleur Bishop said the upgrade would help the club develop.

“The new lighting has changed the way we can use the track facilities and opened up new opportunities,” she said.

“The lighting is fantastic and offers a much higher safety and visibility level for riders and officials.”

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the lights would allow the club to train in the evenings in summer to avoid the heat, and make it eligible for national competitions as well as State ones. 

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