After 10 years of hard work and planning, members of Dunoon Sports Club finally have new floodlights at Balzer Oval.
The initial cost of the lighting was estimated at around $100,000 in 2003 but by the time the project was completed in August 2006 the cost exceeded $140,000. Lighting committee chairperson Mike Berry admitted it was a long and hard struggle, but said tenacity has paid off and locals can now enjoy lighting that is the best in the district outside of Oakes Oval in Lismore.
To be honest, we were like a dog with a bone, said Mike. Everyone agreed it was a project that was desperately needed so we just wouldnt give up. You have to battle so hard to get funding for these kinds of projects and its no wonder many other community groups do give up.
Whilst local, state and federal governments all eventually came to the party with funding, Mike said local community sporting groups also contributed tens of thousands of dollars.
There were a lot of sausage sizzles and cake stalls, he laughed.
This Saturday, September 2, the Dunoon community will celebrate their new floodlights with an official ceremony at 5.30pm followed by a mens senior soccer match between Dunoon and Goonellabah at 6.30pm. Theres also a BBQ and entertainment.
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