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Lights on at Eastern Oval
Ballarat's Eastern Oval has had four 150 lux match play standard light
towers installed to provide the oval with high quality match play and training
lighting. The $253,000 project was jointly funded by Council and the
Victorian Government's Country Football and Netball Program and the lights
were installed by a local company.
The lighting project provides the Ballarat Football League with a night match
venue, a high quality training and match facility for regional competition and
supports possible twilight activities on the ground during summer.
Eastern Oval is one of Ballarat's premier regional football and cricket
facilities and home to the East Point Football Netball Club. The oval is
capable of hosting national and international sporting events, having hosted
AFL pre-season football matches and an international World Cup one-day
The lighting project is part of Council's long term Sports Precinct Strategy
to invest, develop and improve the city's sporting precincts to cater for
current and future growth, and to ensure facilities are sustainable and
Part of this Strategy is to maximise opportunities for better shared use. In
the case of Eastern Oval the lights allow the East Point Football Netball
Club to use the ground in a more flexible way, opening options for other
users and easing the stress on the turf. It also provides the city with four
venues (in addition to Northern Oval, Learmonth and Buninyong) with the
capacity for night football.
Hearing Awareness Week
The last week in August saw a number of high profile residents explore what
it is like to be hearing impaired, by participating in a Hearing Challenge to
mark Hearing Awareness Week.
The Challenge, organised by Hearing Australia, asked participants, such as Cr
John Philips and 3BA's Paul Taylor to wear ear moulds for 48 hours, simulating
moderate to severe hearing loss, while participating in a range of everyday
tasks such as family meals, phone calls and using public transport.
Councillor John Philips explained that the impact was quite dramatic. "I was
surprised by how much my hearing was affected, and it was certainly an
education to understand firsthand the challenges and frustrations people
with a hearing impairment face every day."
Currently one in six Australians experience some form of hearing loss and
this is on the increase. Programs such as the Hearing Challenge are vital
in helping the community to become more tolerant and understanding of
the impact of hearing loss.
Hearing Awareness Week ran from 22 to 28 August. It is an annual event
that provides an opportunity to raise community awareness of hearing
impairment and ways to protect your hearing. Participants in the Hearing
Challenge will share their experiences at a Hearing Awareness evening at
the Town Hall presented by City of Ballarat and Australian Hearing.
For more information on the Hearing Awareness evening contact
Council's Deaf Access Coordinator on 5320 5606 or Australian Hearing on
Below: Cr John Philips having ear moulds fitted as part of the Hearing Challenge
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