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Manuka Oval to get its lights

By 29 April 2012 16

Senator Lundy has announced the Commonwealth is chipping in $2.5 million to match the ACT funding and throw up floodlights at Manuka Oval.

(It’s hard to say who will lose the most votes from the happy photo of Lundy, Barr and Gillard).

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Sports Minister Kate Lundy today announced funding of $2.5 million to the ACT Government for the installation of broadcast quality lighting at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The announcement was made in the grounds of Manuka Stadium prior to the kick off of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Cup AFL Match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs.

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16 Responses to Manuka Oval to get its lights
#1
dpm7:45 am, 29 Apr 12

Has…. The suspense is killing me…! :-)

#2
enrique8:42 am, 29 Apr 12

“Senator Lundy has…”

Oh, this is going to be fun

#3
BenMac10:06 am, 29 Apr 12

$2.5m from the Feds to be matched by the ACT for broadcast quality lights ready for 2013.

#4
RegGrundies11:55 am, 29 Apr 12
#5
Duffbowl12:19 pm, 29 Apr 12

stated the the promised Manuka Lights will go ahead, and will take the form of the famous Canberra public artworks.

“The synergies are apparent for all to see”, Senator Lundy stated, “and the Chief Minister, Jon Stan… umm, sorry, Katy Gallagher, has agreed that it makes sense.”

It is believed that as part of the deal, the lights will take four different forms. Clockwise, from the northeastern section of the grounds:
- Light one (NE) will take the shape of a lighthouse, thereby showing the links between the ACT and it’s former coastal territory at Jervis Bay. Realistic in design, it will be duplicate of the Point Perpendicular lighthouse, including it’s illuminating features.
- Light two (SE) will take the shape of a land slide, representing the continual dangers faced by Canberrans during their regular migrations to our coast. Somewhat surrealistic in design, the light will be in the form of of a weaving trail of car headlights.
- Light three (SW) will be constructed as a bonfire. It will be lit ceremonially by a celebrated Canberran, as decided by the Chief Minister. This light will act as a reminder of the 2003 bushfires, where our beloved leader demonstrated his abilities under pressure.
- Light four (NW) will be a localised version of the Colussos of Rhodes, in the image of the ACT’s greatest Chief Minister and visionary, Jon Stanhope. This corner will have him facing both towards and away from the ground, spreading his benevolence over all. In a nod to party to which Mr Stanhope belonged, the light will be intermittent and predominatly red in colour.

Steve Doszpot, the Shadow Minister for Sport & Recreation immediately condemned the announcement as an extravagance the ACT do not afford, particularly as he has no real interest in cricket or Australian football.

Zed Seselja called the media release short sighted and shy on facts. When told he was talking about the release by Mr Doszpot, he recanted and announced that he would check with Alistair Coe, Vicki Dunne, Jeremy Hanson, and Brendan Smyth before deciding on who’s turn it was too look like a goose.

Meredith Hunter, leader of the ACT Greens, applauded the improvement in line with the public art works, but suggested they be moved outside of Manuka Oval, thus allowing their enjoyment by the greater public. The lights will be changed to a combination of CFLs and LEDs, with power generated on demand from a solar array to be built in an undisclosed location. When reminded that the lights will need to run when the sun isn’t available, Ms Hunter suggested that the media was simply fawning to big oil, and that the ACT Greens would push to have an environmental impact study performed to ensure that the Bogong moth was not affected. At this point, Amanda Bresnan and Caroline Le Couteur were noted to nod enthusiastically behind their leader, while Shane Rattenbury was seen to be discussing the plans in the back ground with two people wearing white coveralls.

#6
Duffbowl12:36 pm, 29 Apr 12

My apologies for the poor grammar and spelling mistakes in my previous post. Self-flagellation will begin in 3, 2, 1…

#7
poetix1:42 pm, 29 Apr 12

Oh, no she hasn’t!
Oh, yes she has.

#8
KB19715:46 pm, 29 Apr 12

And theeeeennnnn……

#9
Holden Caulfield7:00 pm, 29 Apr 12

Well I think this is a great idea!

#10
I-filed7:31 pm, 29 Apr 12

PM would normally never bother to make a sports funding announcement in the ACT.

This indicates that Labor are worried about the polling, both at federal and territory level, and particularly with the PM having so many fires to put out at the moment. Very telling that the PM found the time.

For a supposedly rock-solid-safe Labor constituency, that is very interesting indeed.

#11
Bramina9:42 pm, 29 Apr 12

Maybe she was hoping the announcement would distract people from the Thompson/Slipper issue.

FAIL!

#12
Thumper10:02 pm, 29 Apr 12

When safe seats start dining on pork you know that there’s real trouble at the mill.

#13
Thumper8:19 am, 30 Apr 12

Thumper said :

When safe seats start dining on pork you know that there’s real trouble at the mill.

Having said that, I look forward to much more porcine products in the next 18 months as the ALP attempts to hold enough seats to fill a tarago van.

Now, how about a duplication of the King’s Highway? Mr Leigh? Ms Brodtmann? Mr Kelly?

You know it makes sense :)

#14
Duffbowl9:39 am, 30 Apr 12

I-filed said :

PM would normally never bother to make a sports funding announcement in the ACT.

This indicates that Labor are worried about the polling, both at federal and territory level, and particularly with the PM having so many fires to put out at the moment. Very telling that the PM found the time.

For a supposedly rock-solid-safe Labor constituency, that is very interesting indeed.

Could also be that, as a diehard Footscray supporter, she was in town for the game. I’d say a bit from column A, and a bit from column B.

#15
dvaey10:20 am, 30 Apr 12

Duffbowl said :

Could also be that, as a diehard Footscray supporter, she was in town for the game. I’d say a bit from column A, and a bit from column B.

Sounds like most PMs in recent history.. the only time you’ll find them in Canberra is if theres a footy match or a PMs cricket match on..

#16
Holden Caulfield11:56 am, 30 Apr 12

Duffbowl said :

I-filed said :

PM would normally never bother to make a sports funding announcement in the ACT.

This indicates that Labor are worried about the polling, both at federal and territory level, and particularly with the PM having so many fires to put out at the moment. Very telling that the PM found the time.

For a supposedly rock-solid-safe Labor constituency, that is very interesting indeed.

Could also be that, as a diehard Footscray supporter, she was in town for the game. I’d say a bit from column A, and a bit from column B.

Also, for reasons probably best left unexplained, the first GWS game to be played in Canberra each year will be for the “honour” of the Prime Minister’s Cup.

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