New lights kick-off more local games for GPS Rugby Club

Media Release

JM099/2018

19 May 2018

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council

Trevor Evans

Federal Member for Brisbane

  • New lighting system installed at Brisbane's Ashgrove Sportsground
  • Upgrade will support local rugby clubs and enable more night-time matches
  • The Coalition Government invested $120,000 in the project

The installation of four new light poles at Brisbane's Ashgrove Sportsground will support the growth of rugby in the city, allowing more matches to be held at night.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the upgrade of lighting to 200 lux over the fields would enable the historic GPS Rugby Club to host more matches under lights, along with additional events.

“Ashgrove sees some 3,000 junior and 500 senior members of GPS Rugby Club and Valleys District Cricket Club using its facilities annually, and this investment will make a real difference to the community,” Dr McVeigh said.

Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans said the project replaced six old timber light poles and installed an underground cabling system, including four new light poles.

“Ashgrove Sportsground is one of Brisbane's elite sporting facilities, having hosted international touring cricket teams and KFC 20/20 Big Bash matches—replacing these 40 year old posts will provide better visibility for both players and spectators,” Mr Evans said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the lighting had knock-on effects by improving safety and access to the bordering bikeway used by cyclists, runners and walkers.

“Brisbane City Council is pleased to have supported the energy efficient LED lighting upgrade through its Building Stronger Communities Grants program, to reduce power and maintenance costs for the club,” Cr Quirk said.

The project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $120,000, Brisbane City Council $100,000, GPS Rugby Union Club Inc $44,496 and Valleys Cricket Club $44,496.