Last Monday saw the start of the installation of 4 new floodlight poles and associated upgrading of the lighting system at Darling street.
Staff from the NCC and contractors will be there for the next few weeks making sure all works are completed well before the start of the 2019 football season. Their work will be supplemented by the recent grant the club received courtesy of the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy fund.
The existing floodlighting system was completed by club volunteers just before the beginning of the 1993 football season, so the upgrade is certainly required to improve our LUX reading so we can host associated fixtures.
Starting this week, a new internal drainage system on the main playing surface at Darling Street Oval will be installed by one of the leading experts in that field, Turfspec Pty. Ltd.
The majority of this funding was from our successful 2017 Community Building Partnership grant that we received from the State Member of Newcastle, Mr. Tim Crakanthorp. This grant will be used to fix drainage problems and therefore improve the playing surface.
The field last had major drainage works completed in 2001, so in the ensuing period, the drainage has deteriorated. All drainage works will be completed by October this year, and should be ready to go for season 2019.
Source: Con Gounis