Scoring goals at Elsie Dorington Reserve Netball Courts

Media Release

FN091/2017

17 June 2017

Joint release with:

John Eren

Victorian Minister for Sport Victorian
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Victorian Minister for Veterans

Bev Colomb

Mayor Mornington Pennisula Shire

Chris Crewther

Federal Member for Dunkley

  • The netball courts at Elsie Dorington Reserve in Mornington have been upgraded
  • The netball courts now meet current Netball Victoria court standards and have been equipped with new competition standard lighting to aid night games
  • The Coalition Government invested $500,000 in the project

Mornington residents today celebrated the official opening of the Elsie Dorington Reserve netball courts, following the completion of court upgrades and lighting.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade provides high quality sporting facilities so more people in the region can participate in sport.

“The upgraded sporting facilities will benefit the Mornington community by potentially attracting significant events such as finals and regional sporting events,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing modern, well equipped and safe sporting facilities definitely helps do that.”

Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther was in Mornington for the official opening of the upgrade today and said the project was an investment in grassroots sport.

“The upgrade marks the Coalition Government's commitment to support growth and development in Dunkley,” Mr Crewther said.

“This upgrade has been an investment in grassroots sport for the region. Netball courts like these are where Australia's future sporting stars are born and allow for our sporting clubs to thrive and expand. I look forward to seeing our community and the region utilising and enjoying these excellent new courts.”

Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren said the seven upgraded courts will give local clubs the facilities they need to grow their ranks.

“The upgraded netball courts and new lighting means grassroots clubs can welcome more members than ever before, field more teams and train longer to keep on top of their rivals, Mr Eren said.

“We know demand for court space is outstripping supply—that's why we're ensuring more players can get on the court when they want, close to home.”

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Mayor Bev Colomb said the upgrade included competition level lighting to aid night games.

“The upgrade of the netball courts will grow the number of events that can be hosted on the reserve,” Cr Colomb said.

“The Council is pleased to see this upgrade finally complete and we are looking forward to seeing the increase in competitive sports in the region from this important project.”

The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($500,000), the Victorian Government ($100,000), the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council ($363,568), and the Mornington Netball Association ($50,000).