AFL Northern Territory welcomes Tuesday night’s decision by the Darwin City Council to pass the motion to light Nightcliff Oval up to a level of 200 lux.
The proposal agreed upon at the Council meeting declared the Oval could be lit from Monday to Thursday between 6.00pm to 9.00pm at 100 lux for training, and from Friday to Saturday from 6.00pm to 9.30pm at 200 lux for matches.
On Sundays, the Oval can be lit at 200 lux between 6.00pm and 9.00pm for junior matches.
The next step required to proceed with the lights is an Application for Development consent to be lodged ready for the next advertising period commencing 25 January so that the application can be considered at the DCA hearing on 8 March. Following that Council will finalise their funding agreement with NT Government and issue a tender for construction.
AFLNT’s Manager of MLLLC and Facilities Kye Brown said the decision was a sensible and important one for football in Darwin.
“The lighting of Nightcliff Oval will benefit junior and senior football and many other sports in the Nightcliff region.”
“The Nightcliff Football Club has one of the NTFL’s largest junior bases and also runs Auskick so the installation of lights will allow greater scheduling flexibility and opportunity to beat the heat in our tropical climate for our junior football participants and their families,” she said.
“The decision also helps facilitate local club training needs and the needs of various sporting groups who use the Oval. We congratulate Nightcliff Football Club and all other stakeholders for their efforts in this great outcome.”