Secretary of Grafton United Lynn Rudder and President of Rushforth Park Town Clubs Brett Reynolds with Kevin Hogan who announced funding for an upgrade to the soccer fields.
Secretary of Grafton United Lynn Rudder and President of Rushforth Park Town Clubs Brett Reynolds with Kevin Hogan who announced funding for an upgrade to the soccer fields. Adam Hourigan

Rushforth to surge ahead with $30k electricity boost

RUSHFORTH Park has a problem; the old electrical box that powers the fields is always overloaded and can't run all the buildings and lights at once.

However, with the help of an election promise of $30,000 from Kevin Hogan, contingent on the re-election of the Turnbull-Joyce government, the park could be fully functioning and able to support its growing number of sporting events.

Mr Hogan said the grant would help the park upgrade their electrical equipment.

"At the moment they can't turn all their lights on and turn the hot water system on at the same time, otherwise it all trips," he said.

The president of Rushforth Park Town Clubs, Brett Reynolds, said they have difficulty getting full use out of the park because of the issues with electricity.

"If you've got the main field running you can't run both lots of training lights because the power is just not up to scratch," Mr Reynolds said.

An upgrade would allow the park and clubs who use it to expand further in the future.

"We're looking at doing another full field under lights, which would give us two full fields under lights and would definitely make it better for the community," Mr Reynolds said.

"We're looking at putting a new canteen and clubhouse in ... the electricity is stage one of the upgrade."

Mr Hogan said, "This project will foster community spirit and sporting excellence in our region, as well as provide a boost to tourism."



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