Flicking the switch on tennis lighting

Harriet Shing enjoys a hit under Cockatoo Tennis Club's new LED lights on Wednesday 14 July.

Cockatoo tennis lovers can now train and play longer into the night, with recent court lighting upgrades at the club officially complete.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing visited the Cockatoo Tennis club on Wednesday 14 July to officially flick the switch on the lighting upgrades, made possible through a $66,000 investment from the state government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Prior to the upgrades, club members had been struggling with dim lighting and also had an increase in demand for after-hours tennis, with the club at the centre of all things tennis in the region.

The new 250 lux LED lighting has been installed on the two northern tennis courts at the club, opening up the facility to night training and twilight tennis competitions.

The lighting upgrades are a boon for the club who are looking to extend their summer night competition schedule and development programs.

These investments aim to provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation, and also aim to stimulate local economies and fast-track recovery by improving the health, wellbeing and social outcomes for local community members.

Ms Shing acknowledged the Cardinia Shire Council for its commitment and financial contribution to the project.

“With tennis booming in the region, Cockatoo Tennis Club deserves facilities that help even more locals hit the courts all times of the day,” Ms Shing said.

“The new court lighting provides a real incentive for participants to ramp up their training, development and competition play, and also for social players to join in the fun,” she said.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au