Lights to be brighter

Grant Holt in attack for Norwich City against Liverpool during the 2012-13 season.
Grant Holt in attack for Norwich City against Liverpool during the 2012-13 season.

The City had called for tenders in January to supply and install the lights, but a request in March from Baseball WA and the Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club to upgrade the illumination levels meant more investigation was necessary.

The City was advertising to install lights with an illumination of 250lux for the pitch area and 150lux for the field area.

It was requested the baseball lights be installed with an illumination of either 700lux for the pitch and 500lux for the field or 1000lux and 700lux, which would bring the oval in line with US guidelines.

At the previous council briefing, infrastructure acting director Rob Korenhof said this was to allow the club to play in night competitions.

He said the 250/150lux illumination was the City’s standard for club matches and training for small ball sports.

An upgrade to 700lux and 500lux would increase the cost by about $197,000, or by $95,255 if only preparing for installation in the future, and would require a consultant to review the capacity of the existing electrical supply,

The Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club will fund any upgrade, review and additional operation and maintenance costs.

Councillors voted not to accept any tenders until an agreement was finalised between the City and the club and then a revised tender will be advertised.

Mr Korenhof said the work to irrigate and realign the fields with new turf would continue.