Lighting up for more action at Riddles Creek Recreation Reserve

Residents get excited for new lighting at Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve (supplied).

Clubs from Riddells Creek will be kicking and shooting more goals and growing its ranks with new funding for better lighting.

Funding of $200,000 will be delivered for the installation of 100 lux LED lighting to the oval at the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve.

This will complement a $50,000 contribution from the Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve Consultative Committee.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas announced on February 15, that the Riddells Creek reserve is among 12 facilities across Victoria to share in more than $2.5 million.

Ms Thomas said footy, netball and cricket clubs are the heart and soul of Macedon.

“This boost will go a long way to helping the mighty Riddell Bombers… cater for the growing number of people keen to get involved in grassroots sport,” she said.

“[It will provide] more opportunities for locals to get active and play the sport they love.”

Macedon Ranges 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,” she said.

“[It] opens up so many more opportunities for user groups with the potential for night matches, a better night-time training experience and other events.”

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.

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.

The funding comes from the latest round of the Country Football and Netball Program, which is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

It helps local councils replace and upgrade ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs across rural and regional Victoria.

Grants from the latest round include ground resurfacing, new ground and court lighting and the construction of new pavilions and netball courts.