Netball to light up in Waverley

Media Release

DC354/2017

13 November 2017

Joint release with:

Ms Julia Banks MP

Federal Member for Chisholm

  • Waverley District Netball Association courts' $1.08 million upgrade is now underway
  • The new lights and fencing will make netball courts safer
  • More than 4,000 netball players to use the courts each weekend

Netball players in Chisholm today celebrated the official start of work to revamp the Waverley District Netball Association Courts in Ashwood and support grassroots sport.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Coalition Government was investing $890,000 in lighting and fencing for all twelve courts.

“This upgrade will give local players a safer place to play and train for netball, particularly at night, and will help encourage healthy lifestyles in the community,” Mr Chester said.

“It will improve the courts for more than 4,000 players who use them during the season, and is expected to create ten construction jobs, and a permanent part-time job.” 

Federal Member for Chisholm Ms Julia Banks MP, who attended the sod turn today, said the upgrade will improve the standard of netball facilities available to locals.

“Following the upgrade, the twelve netball courts will meet Australian Netball standards, and will also meet the Regional Facility requirements of Netball Victoria,” Ms Banks said

“This extensive upgrade will see drainage improved, acrylic surfacing and padded goal sets installed at the twelve courts, the construction of fencing, and the installation of two shelters.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to see my election commitment realised, and know that these essential upgrades will encourage local girls and women to participate in the competition.”

President of the Waverley District Netball Association, Angela Mylrea said the upgrades will further encourage the Chisholm community to get involved in the sport of Netball.

“We are proud to be a strong community-run organisation, and are incredibly grateful for this funding so that we can pursue much needed upgrades,” Ms Mylrea said.

“Our Federal Member Julia Banks MP has been a wonderful advocate for girls and women in sport, and this Commonwealth funding will go a long way in ensuring our Association welcomes girls from across Chisholm and beyond”.

This project is jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($890,000) and Waverley District Netball Association ($189,062).