Macedon Ranges Netball scores a goal as new complex opens

Media Release

FN029/2016

17 April 2016

Joint release with:

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Graham Hackett

Mayor of Macedon Shire Ranges Council

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

The Macedon Ranges Regional Netball Complex was officially opened today following an extensive $2.57 million upgrade.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government invested $320,000 toward the project funded under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Programme is providing almost $350 million nationally to infrastructure projects that promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies” Minister Nash said.

“I was a very keen netball player in my younger days, and I know the friendships formed on the court can last a lifetime. I am delighted to deliver this wonderful project and see it completed.

“Five new jobs were created during construction with 25 ongoing jobs to be created as a result of the project—providing a vital injection to the local economy.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the works included the construction of eight outdoor asphalt netball courts (two with lights), a new pavilion and a car park for at least 90 vehicles.

“The pavilion now includes new change rooms, a kitchen and kiosk, multi-purpose room, office and equipment store and external storage with secure roller shutters,” Minister Pulford said.

“Verandas have been built to the north and south of the pavilion providing shade and shelter for players and spectators.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the project had provided the Gisborne community with an improved netball complex and facilities.

“Projects like this one encourage the community's interest in sports, as well as promoting the importance of active healthy lifestyles,” Senator McKenzie said.

“I understand that the junior competition has already seen an increase from 600 to 700 players registered for this first season at the new complex—this is wonderful news for local junior sport.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor, Graham Hackett said that Council was pleased to partner with the Australian and Victorian governments, the Macedon Ranges Netball Association and the Bendigo Bank to deliver this project.

“The Macedon Ranges Netball Association has worked tirelessly to raise funds and bring this project to fruition,” Cr Hackett said.

“Not only is the new complex a win for junior sport but it is also a win for the region—helping us to promote and build winter sport for girls right across the community.”

The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $320,000, the Victorian Government contributing $1.27 million, Macedon Ranges Shire Council investing $800,000, the Macedon Ranges Netball Association providing $120,000 and sponsorship of $50,000 from the Bendigo Bank.