The night sky across the Top End will soon be lit up enabling cricketers in Darwin and Palmerston to escape the heat of the day thanks to the Northern Territory Government.

The NT Government today announced a $2.9 million investment for lights at Marrara Cricket Ground and Palmerston CDU Oval #2.

This announcement follows the Federal Government awarding $500,000 to NT Cricket last December for lights at Marrara as part of Sport Australia’s Community Sport Infrastructure program.

The significant investment made by the NT Government today, following the recent investment in lights at Gardens Oval, will help to future proof cricket in the Top End by catering for the needs of the local community across Darwin, the northern suburbs and Palmerston.

Commenting on today’s announcement, NT Cricket’s CEO Joel Morrison said:

“These lighting projects are a significant development for cricket in the north and I thank Minister Moss for her commitment to investing in the infrastructure required to support our local cricket community.

“This also follows the NT Government’s recent investment in lights at Gardens Oval, meaning there are now cricket venues with sufficient lighting across Darwin, the northern suburbs and Palmerston for the very first time.

“Thanks to the NT Government and Sport Australia, NT Cricket can now provide flexible match fixturing for our local community, cater for the growth our women’s and junior playing numbers, and capitalise on the enormous opportunity to build Darwin into a winter playing and training hub for Australian cricket.”

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture Lauren Moss said:

“The Territory Labor Government is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects in partnership with sporting organisations to improve amenities, support community sport and create jobs for locals.

“Having the ability to train, watch and play games at night, away from the heat of the day is a huge win for cricket and footy loving Territorians.

“Families now want flexible fixtures to suit increasingly busy lifestyles, with traditional Saturday and Sunday day matches not always convenient. Mid-week and weekend night fixtures will soon be possible, growing participation and encouraging more women, girls and juniors to stay active.”