Upgrade to light up Lancefield Park

Macedon MO Mary-Anne Thomas, Hayden Balcam, Lancefield Junior Football Netball Club president Bill Balcam, Gina Morgan, Macedon Range Cr Bill West. (Supplied)

Daniel Cook

Sports teams will be able to play and train at Lancefield Park at night, with the state government committing $209,000 to upgrade the reserve’s lights.

The funding, which is part of the government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, brings the total of money available for the upgrade to more than $320,000, with Macedon Ranges council contributing $64,000 and local football and netball clubs raising $50,000.

Macedon Ranges council said the environmentally-friendly upgrade would include LED floodlights to provide lighting for the ground.

Cr Bill West said the upgrade would allow the park to add to its roster by using the ground at night for playing or training.

“Not only will new lighting benefit our football players, but better lighting opens up the possibility of outdoor evening events for the whole community,” he said.

Lancefield Junior Football Netball Club president Bill Balcam said the lighting upgrade would made night training safer for the players.

“It’s not just for the club, it’s for the whole community because we can do night football. It means we can train later at night,” he said.

Mr Balcam said the lighting upgrade was made possible by the “great support” that came from the local community via sponsorships and fundraising.