Narrandjeri Stadium Sports Centre

Darebin's Narrandjeri Stadium illuminates women's and girls' participation in sport


City of Darebin

Lighting Compliance

AS/NZS 1158.3.1.2020 PC3, PCD & PCX

Traditional Custodians

Wurundjeri Woiwurrung People

Project Overview

The Narrandjeri Stadium Sports Centre is a centrepiece of Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Featuring several soccer pitches and a velodrome; the multipurpose complex is a popular venue attracting sports enthusiasts around Melbourne. ‘Narrandjeri’, meaning ‘woman leader’ in Wurrundjeri Woi wurrung language, was a name chosen by locals and given to the venue to embody City of Darebin’s goal to promote women’s and girls’ participation in sport.

Research has shown that women feel unsafe in poorly lit spaces after dark and many are therefore discouraged from exercising at night. Leadsun’s SMART solar carpark lighting was installed to enhance safety around the complex and maintain Narrandjeri Stadium’s standing as a safe, accessible, and inclusive facility.

Grid-free lighting ideal for fast installation on contaminated soil

To successfully install lighting at the car park, the project managers at ADCO Construction were presented with the challenges of the location’s contaminated soil and the project’s pressing timeframe. The underground trenching and cabling required for traditional grid powered lighting would have been an expensive and time-consuming process. On the contrary, Leadsun’s grid free SMART lighting required no underground trenching or wiring, whilst the installation of EZYfoot concreteless footings eliminated the need to remove any soil that may have been contaminated. These solutions saved City of Darebin time and money whilst achieving a fast turnaround time with minimal environmental costs.  

Cutting EDGE technology delights neighbours

Another lighting consideration was the Narrandjeri Stadium Sports Centre’s proximity to residents. Therefore, the carpark lighting solution needed to minimise obtrusive lighting whilst sufficiently illuminating the car park. Leadsun was able to circumvent this challenge in three ways.

Firstly, Leadsun suggested lighting to PC3 compliance as opposed to PC2. Lower level PC3 lighting is proven to provide an ample sense of safety and security whilst minimising obtrusive light into neighbouring properties. Leadsun prepared a detailed lighting design that confirmed PC3 was adequate for the car park whilst also complying with limits set by the Australian Obtrusive Lighting Standard.

Secondly, Leadsun’s SMART solar lights are International Dark Sky Association (IDA) compliant, meaning that they are purpose-built to minimise the effects of obtrusive light and sky-glow. Therefore, IDA compliance ensures that lighting directed to the car park does not disturb neighbouring residents and wildlife.

For an additional measure of adjustment, the EDGE wireless control system was installed, allowing individual or groups of lights to be programmed, monitored, switched on or off and dimmed remotely. City of Darebin was impressed by the additional control and flexibility offered by EDGE, which went above and beyond to address obtrusive lighting concerns.  

Sustainable, safe and unobtrusive solar car park lighting

Thanks to Leadsun, ADCO Constructions and City of Darebin, the car park at Narrandjeri Stadium Sports Centre is now illuminated with sustainable, safe, and unobtrusive solar lighting. Leadsun’s SMART solar car park lighting installation has received widespread praise for continuing to promote women’s participation in sports whilst keeping the neighbours happy.

Leadsun Products Used

  • P Category lighting compliance – AS1158.3.1.2020 PC3, PCd & PCX
  • Solar module series – AE6
  • Solar size – 130W
  • LED output programming – 10W-30W full illumination dusk until dawn
  • Pole footing type – EZYfoot
  • Pole type – EZYTilt – 6.5m lowerable
  • Additional solutionsEDGE wireless lighting controls

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this project was undertaken, the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung People. We recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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