Stars shine at Thompson Reserve

Construction has begun which will enable the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club to train under lights at their home venue, Thompson Reserve, for the first time. The exciting project is set to be completed by February 2018 in time for the beginning of the soccer season.

The project will bring Inverloch’s Thompson Reserve up to meeting the Australian Standards for soccer, lighting the two pitches to 100 lux. Three of the lighting fixtures will be installed on new 28 metre high lighting poles. An Optus Tower will also be installed for the mounting of the fourth set of light fixtures and to support mobile service coverage in the area.

The project is expected to cost $260,000. A $100,000 grant from Sports and Recreation Victoria has been secured, and Bass Coast Shire Council and the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club will split the remaining costs with a contribution of $80,000 each.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, congratulated the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club on their initiative and fundraising efforts.

“The extent to which this club has grown, developed and fundraised since its beginning in 2010 is a testament to its passionate and dedicated volunteers and players,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Congratulations to the Inverloch Stars on leading this initiative to light Thompson Reserve, an action which will serve our community for years to come, and provide the Inverloch Stars with the ability to continue their growth and development to the next level.”

Council have appointed All Sports Lighting to design, supply and construct three light poles and fixtures for Thompson Reserve. They have also been working closely with Optus to coordinate the installation of the mobile service tower.

These works may cause limited access to Thompson Reserve between October 2017 and February 2018. The completion of the works is subject to Optus contractor availability and weather conditions.