Its official, the Wonthella Oval floodlights have been turned on and whether it’s music, sporting or festivals, new opportunities for Geraldton to host evening sporting and entertainment events are lighting up like never before.
The $1.5 million project was jointly funded by Royalties for Regions (MWDC's Mid West Investment Plan ($590,000); Country Local Government Fund ($229,000)), the City of Greater Geraldton ($351,000), Department of Sport and Recreation ($230,000) and AFL ($100,000).
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new
floodlights enabled the City to host its biggest event ever, the triple j One
Night Stand concert in April.
“The 500 lux flood lighting is part of the infrastructure
required for night time programming and is now paving the way for Geraldton to
host large scale events,” he said.
“We know the new flood lighting will make Geraldton very attractive for regional and state wide sporting activities including the possibility of AFL pre-season games which will result in huge economic benefits for our community.
caption: (Left to right) Hon Brian Ellis MLC Agricultural
Region, Hon Paul Brown MLC Agricultural Region, Hon Mia Davies, Minister for
Sport & Recreation, Ian Blayney MLA, Mayor Shane Van Styn and Hon James
Chown MLC Agricultural Region officially turn on the lights at the Wonthella