Another goal kicked with Lights4Lake win

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Graham Gorrel’s Friday On My Mind | Opinion, February 26, 2016, Daily Advertiser:

The Committee4Wagga has kicked another goal with its Lights4Lake project, one of the best community projects undertaken in the city for many years and provides a terrific hat-trick for C4W following the installation of CCTV in the CBD and the New Year’s Eve event, Wagga Live.

Everyone has a chance to get involved in L4L from individuals, families, businesses to sports and service clubs. The Daily Advertiser has media partner rights in the lights project which will enhance the tourist viability of Lake Albert, improve its aesthetic and that of the 5.5km walking track, making it safer and extending its use into the evening.

The idea came from the C4W’s Emerging Leaders program, another of the organisation’s assets that helps advance the leadership, organisational and community aspirations of the city’s future leaders.

Council contributed $75,000, State Government $40,000 with the remainder to be raised from community sponsorship which is in two forms _ community contributor ($1990) and business sponsor ($2400) allowing, as CEO, Chris Fitzpatrick, puts it, “for each contributor to have their name or organisation etched into the city’s history” through a plaque that will be attached to each of the 104 solar light poles around the lake.

There’s been enough depressing publicity about the city on the crime front that some good news is not only welcome but perhaps the council, and other authorities, can also see the light and find ways to ensure the lake’s water level remains constant.

With a top-notch golf club, a resurgent boat club, Apex Park’s general purpose facility, the completion of the L4L project is an exciting concept.

MediaCristy Houghton