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City of Melville lights up Tompkins Park with new technology

26 March 2021

The City of Melville has replaced the globes on all of the sports floodlighting towers at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove.

The City of Melville has replaced the globes on all of the sports floodlighting towers at Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove to modern, energy efficient and environmentally-friendly LED lamps.

Tompkins Park is the City of Melville’s first active sporting reserve that is fully floodlit with the LED lamps and the benefits for local sporting clubs include reduced energy costs and better illumination.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the floodlights had new technology, which allowed them to be activated and deactivated through a mobile phone SMS, allowing for more precise usage of the lights.

“The City of Melville understands the community’s clean and green aspiration and we strive to be energy efficient so the way the lights can only come on if they are activated by a SMS message will help us reduce electrical consumption and wastage,” said Mayor Gear.

“There will be significant cost savings for our sporting clubs as there are now eight programmable areas, which is a better outcome than previously when most lights needed to be on at the same time.

“There is also an automatic timer on the system so the lights will turn off at 9.00pm in the event a club forgets to turn them off.”

Mayor Gear said the LED flood lighting upgrade project received $43,700 of funding from the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Funding (CSRFF) and the City of Melville appreciated the support of the State Government, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

“Community feedback in 2020 showed support for the City lighting up five parks in the evenings to exercise and walk their dogs,” said Mayor Gear.

“As part of our Healthy Melville Plan our goal is to increase physical activity and the increased quality of illumination on the playing fields from the new lights will help encourage our residents to exercise during the evenings.

“The LED lighting will also be installed at Shirley Strickland Reserve in Ardross, as part of the redevelopment currently under construction and Webber Reserve in Willagee in 2021 as per the City of Melville’s Active Reserve Infrastructure Strategy.

“The new lights will result in a reduction in maintenance for the City as their expected lifespan is 100,000 hours.

“There will also be reduced glare and obstructive light spill to the surrounding roads and residential areas.”

The LED lights will also help the City of Melville recoup accurate usage costs from the sporting clubs.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/tompkinspark

Image: City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP (centre) with Melville Cricket Club men’s head coach David Taylor, Perth Saints Football Club committee member Scott Jarvis, Palmyra Rugby Union Club president Ian Kyle and Tompkins Park Touch Association president Junior Greig.

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