Grant funding to light the way at Bellevue

NEW lights are set to be installed at Bellevue Oval after the announcement of a major funding boost.

The New England Nomads and Sport UNE are set to benefit from a Level the Playing Field NSW government grant to install a full set of lights.

For years the Nomads have trained at their home ground with just one light tower but the injection of $425,000 from the State Government, plus a further $15,000 from the Nomads will see a full set of lights erected.

Nomads president Adrian Walsh said operating with limited lighting for so long has presented an enormous challenge to the club over many years.

“It’s never helped in terms of attracting people to come to training,” Mr Walsh said on NBN News.

“It’s cold, it’s difficult to see the ball. We often had injuries to hands and so on because it’s very difficult when you’ve only got one light to judge distance.”

Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said the lighting will provide a boost to the community.

“It will just really enhance that oval as a sporting facility and also open up opportunities for other sport but also community organisations to utilise,” Mr Marshall said.

The new lights are expected to be operational in time for the start of the 2025 season.