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Tennis lights up

Broken Hill Tennis Association

Broken Hill City Council (BHHC) has committed more than $326,000 to a major upgrade of the lighting at the O’Neill Sporting Precinct’s tennis courts in welcome news for the Broken Hill Tennis Association and its members, as well as casual users of the facilities.

Local company MBE Electrical were awarded the tender to complete the project that will see all current lights replaced with more efficient and modern LEDs and the replacement of a number of lighting poles following hailstorm damage in 2016.

BHHC General Manager, Jay Nankivell, says it’s been a long-awaited project.

“We were able to recover some financial sums of money for the replacement but ultimately, this will be a complete upgrade to those lights, making sure that the poles are compliant at the right height, but also LEDs to reduce the electricity costs for the Tennis Association moving forward.

“It’s something that the Tennis Association has been talking to Council about for a number of years now so we’re finally in a process where we’re able to engage a contract to get that completed as quickly as possible, and hopefully it’s up and running for their winter season.”

Broken Hill Tennis Association President, Patrick Reincke, told the Barrier Truth the new lights would provide people playing tennis with the ability to enjoy the facilities a lot more.

“This is very exciting news and a welcome relief to what I’m sure is the whole tennis playing community across Broken Hill. It is something the Association has been pushing for, long before I became President,” he said.

“It means all our members will be able to play on their respective nights, under new LED lights that will substantially improve visibility. We have many players in the older age bracket who have, at times, struggled with spotting the ball while playing on a court with a blown light or two.

“I cannot wait to see the lights with their new poles installed, knowing what it means to the sport in Broken Hill.”

Mr Nankivell said there was roughly a three-month lead time for the lights to come in and then a four-week time frame for installation.

The Broken Hill Tennis Association’s summer competition begins tonight – Wednesday.

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