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New netball courts a hit

New netball courts

Netballers are loving the new courts at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Players from the Castlemaine District Netball Association are making the most of the newly completed acrylic courts recently handed over to the Committee of Management at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is upgrading the recreation reserve through a $1.9 million grant from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm of the players, who were very excited to try out the new netball courts,” said Jacquie Phiddian, Active Communities Team Leader, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“They’re looking forward to a bumper season ahead and we hope the new courts will give them a competitive edge!” said Ms Phiddian.

President of the Castlemaine District Netball Association Ken Maddern said the players love the new courts.

“The courts look fantastic and the most common response from the players is ‘wow’! They were so excited to use the courts that it took a while for the coaches to settle them to start training,” said Mr Maddern.

“It’s great to have brand new courts with all of the other facilities that go with that, including netball shelters, seating for spectators and floodlights for the players,” he said.

“Anyone who goes up there is just blown away.

“It is definitely an asset for Castlemaine and will help us to grow netball participation in the shire.”

An additional three asphalt courts are due for completion at the end of March, in time for the start of the 2018 netball season in April.

“The courts will be used almost every day of the week, not only by players from the Castlemaine District Netball Association, but also by other local clubs, schools and for regional competitions,” said Mr Maddern.

“We have already received bookings from other clubs, and Netball Victoria is organising a major two day tournament involving grade four to six students from 12 local schools in May.

“The Castlemaine District Netball Association is always looking to develop their competition, and welcomes new players to join in and use this fantastic new facility. Just jump onto our Facebook page and all the information is there,” he said.

The recreation reserve upgrade includes a new forecourt, carpark and access road along with an upgrade to the cricket nets to the rear of the reserve, which were handed over to the North Castlemaine Cricket Club last year.

Stage one of the reserve upgrade will be officially opened in autumn. Council will award a contract for stage two of the reserve upgrade in coming months. Stage two includes construction of a new multipurpose pavilion which will provide unisex change rooms for netball, cycling and junior football, umpires change rooms, first aid, public amenities, office space, a kiosk and storage.

Image: President of the Castlemaine District Netball Association Ken Maddern, Council’s Active Communities Team Leader Jacquie Phiddian and members of the Castlemaine District Netball Association.

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