Lights shine at Fernvale once more

Brisbane Valley Rattlers AFC’s home ground, Fernvale Sports Park, shines brightly once more following repairs on 21 May. Picture: BRISBANE VALLEY RATTLERS AFC

The light towers at the Brisbane Valley Rattlers AFC home fields in Fernvale are shining bright once more following the completion of repairs on 21 May.

The repairs come after a 23 April act of vandalism threatened to derail the club’s 2024 campaign, where vandals cut through electrical cables on several light towers at the ground.

The act of vandalism prohibited night-time access for the club’s home games and training.

Brisbane Valley Rattlers AFC president Graham Smith said the club had remained resilient after the act of destruction and can now host its Friday night blockbusters.

“This means that our senior training under lights is back on, and Friday night games at home are back,” he said

“We have a seniors game coming up on the 7th of June against Coomera that’ll be our first home game since the lights have been fixed.”

“The vandalism meant we had to move the juniors’ training times, and our seniors were training with Ipswich Cats at Amberley.”

Smith said the vandalism had a widespread effect on the Somerset region.

“It has not only affected the sporting clubs,” he said.

“It also affects the community.

“If you’re a ratepayer in the Somerset region, guess who’s paying for the repairs?”

Lowood Police Station Officer in Charge James Bromley said the matter of finding those responsible for the vandalism was still under investigation.