Hockey Costs

New lights for Kalgoorlie-Boulder hockey stadium could be one step closer to reality

New lights on the grounds of the Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association could be one step closer to reality, with Kalgoorlie-Boulder council set to approve a request for state government funding.

The association’s application for new lights has received support from the Town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is supported by its own funding with the Ministry of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries grant application underway.

To receive state government funding, approval must be granted by the city — something staff recommends do at next Monday night’s council meeting.

The association said the upgrade would provide a safer environment for playing and training at night, as well as attracting more national, national and international competitions to the venue.

The association said the current lighting did not meet national standards and operated at a high cost with high energy consumption.

The new LED lamps would be more profitable for the association and would reduce its electricity consumption.

These new lights will cost the association $120,000 for lighting, with installation estimated at $180,000, with the City’s annual grant program providing $105,000 to the project.

The association’s previous application to the state government was unsuccessful because the cost was over $300,000, but has since been revised to better fit the guidelines of the grant program.

Games are regularly scheduled in the evenings during the season, with teams also training at night.