The State Government and the City of Bunbury are celebrating changes to sporting facilities in the region.
Bunbury MLA Don Punch has confirmed the lighting project for Hay Park South was under way.
Bunbury contractors Nites Electrical received the tender for the supply and installation of the light towers.
Mr Punch said the project would be finished by late February.
Next month, Australind company JAK Civil will work to improve drainage in the area.
Over the past two years, Bunbury Basketball Association secretary Marina Quain has campaigned for the lighting and drainage issues to be resolved.
She said the changes would lead to greater opportunities for sport in Bunbury.
“Improving our sporting facilities has enormous social and economic benefits,” she said.
“Sport is a very valuable asset to the community, one I feel needs more promotion.
“I would love for Bunbury to stake its claim as the ‘Regional Centre of Sporting Excellence’.
“It’s rewarding seeing the City of Bunbury and State Government being very proactive.”
The government pledged $4 million for Hay Park ahead of the 2017 State Election.
“The lighting will allow the community to get so much extra use from the playing fields, while the covering of the drain will be a huge improvement to safety and the general amenity of the area,” Mr Punch said.
“James Shepherd and his team at the City of Bunbury have done a fantastic job of making sure the affected sporting groups have been included in the planning and that the works will be completed as soon as possible.
“We have a vibrant, active sporting community in Bunbury so I am really pleased they will benefit from this project that will increase their access to playing fields and remove the barrier that the drain creates been clubrooms and the fields.”
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan was also pleased to see the projects taking shape.
“We really appreciate the funding from the State Government and the efforts of Don Punch for providing $4 million over two years, that’s for the whole of Hay Park,” he said.
The City of Bunbury Sport and Recreation Strategy’s survey – focusing on facilities across the region – will remain open for public comment until Monday, December 24.