The installation of the first of what the Boonah Soccer Club hopes will be six light towers at the Coronation Park grounds is underway this week.
While the first tower is expected to remain as a ‘one-of’ until more funds can be raised, Club President Shane Birch says it will mean that teams can train on the grounds at night.
“We’re hoping that the lights on this tower will be ready for use within a couple of weeks.
“Once all the lighting towers are up, then we’ll be able to schedule night games for soccer and other sports clubs will also be able to do the same. And there’s the opportunity for twilight events to be run here by community groups.”
The total cost of the first tower, including the switchboard, was $67,500.
“We received a $35,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, $20,000 from the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Sports and Rec program and the Club kicked in $12,500,” Shane said.
Club member Shane Goulding added that planning for the lights began about 15 years ago.
“It will be great to see the first tower up and working.”