Grassroots boost for Barwon Heads netball

Media Release

FN056/2017

15 April 2017

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

  • Barwon Heads Netball Club upgrade officially opened today
  • The $216,000 project will encourage healthy lifestyles and support sports development throughout the region
  • Upgrades include the extension and resurfacing of the court area, outdoor shelters, and new fencing

Grassroots sport in regional Victoria has received a boost today with the upgraded Barwon Heads Netball Club officially reopening, providing the area with resurfaced courts and undercover seating.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government is proud to invest in regional sporting facilities that bring communities together.

“Australia has a proud sporting history and every weekend we build on that by participating in netball, football, cricket and a range of other activities,” Minister Nash said.

“This upgrade delivers modern rebound netball surface, ensuring players, from juniors to the senior competitions, have access to the safest playing surface possible. As a former netball player I know how unforgiving the old courts can be on knees and ankles.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and modern sporting facilities like this are a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who marked the opening today, said the project had delivered extensive upgrades to the facility.

“It’s great to see this $216,000 project reach completion,” Ms Henderson said.

“It has delivered a new building which includes undercover seating, a meeting room and storage room, two courtside shelters, and new fencing, and an extended and resurfaced court area. This is a significant investment in the community’s future.”

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the project would encourage healthy lifestyles in the region.

“From a young age we want to instil into our children that partaking in exercise, socialising with other members of the community, and working together as a team is a good thing,” Ms Pulford said.

“If we can get people outside and away from televisions, and teach them essential life skills, it will pay dividends for the community.”

The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($180,000), the Victorian Government ($25,000), and Barwon Coast Committee of Management ($11,000).