THE Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve looks closer than ever to getting its desperately needed and long awaited lighting upgrade.
Wonthaggi Power, who will be the main beneficiaries of the project, have been teased and their patience tested with the possibility of the upgrade over recent years.
Builders of the desal plant hinted the upgrade would be part of a community project, while Bass MP Ken Smith has made funding available for preliminary works.
The Bass Coast Shire Council last week advertised for a tender request for the design and construction of sports floodlighting at the reserve. The tenders will close on Wednesday, March 5.
So badly is the upgrade needed, Wonthaggi Power is unable to train at the aquatic centre end of the ground because of its darkness during the winter.
The council’s acting Corporate Services director, Steve Piasente, said the works should be completed by the middle of the year.
“Prior to tendering the project, the council obtained quotes to confirm the project is able to be delivered within the available budget,” Mr Piasente said.
“Council staff and the football netball club representatives will evaluate the tender in March and, subject to receiving a value for money tender, the project is planned to commence in April.
“Given the timeframe for purchasing some of the components for the project, it is anticipated that works will be completed by mid-2014.”
Power president Brett Tessari decided not to comment on the project just yet, but stated that he was “hopeful” it would become a reality.
The upgrade would mean that Wonthaggi would be the only ground within the Bass Coast Shire with the capability of holding night football matches.