There will be a new bright spot in Canowindra's skyline thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund.
The grant will go towards a lighting upgrade that will improve the light towers at Tom Clyburn Oval, located within the sporting and recreation precinct of Canowindra, which incorporates a fitness path, skate park, tennis and netball/basketball courts.
The grant is part of $839,491 in funding given to number of communities within the Cabonne Shire.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee, said the proposals by Cabonne residents were of a very high standard and deserved to receive the funding.
"Cabonne Council and community group representatives have worked very hard together to develop their proposals and the success of these project funding applications reflect that," he said.
"With projects being spread across five towns in Cabonne it's a terrific result for these communities who can share in the funding allocated."
Mr Gee said the improved lighting would make the oval a more attractive facility for home and visiting teams.
"Improving lighting across this sporting precinct will expand both its use and safety at night by the fifteen clubs that use it regularly, and for those using the walking paths," he said.
"It will also increase the appeal for visiting teams while lowering operating costs with the increased efficiency of the LED lighting.
"The sporting community of Canowindra asked for this upgrade and I'm delighted we've been able to deliver," he said.
Mayor of Cabonne Shire, Councillor Kevin Beatty, thanked the Federal Government for making the funding available for the projects.
"This is excellent news and I thank the Federal Government's input for it, council is going to match that with funding to get these lights up and going," he said.
"I've driven past here on some evenings and you'd probably have to put headlights onto the oval to get better light, which happens at a number of grounds around the shire.
"So it's great that we are getting some of them upgraded."
Cr Beatty said there were many opportunities the Canowindra community could explore with the new lighting.
"We are looking at trying to get some night games and entertainment here at night," he said.
"They are quite spectacular night games, a great spectacle, night markets this is a great location for them. Anything is a possibility when you have some good lighting.
"It's great to see these improvements coming to all the villages and Canowindra in particular."