Bass Coast,

Big tick for sports in Bass Coast

Sports and recreation in Bass Coast will get a much-needed boost after Bass Coast Shire Council successfully received three grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

The Wonthaggi Netball Courts renewal and Thompson Reserve ground lighting projects have received $100,000 each from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund in the Minor Facilities category, which will enable these two significant projects to go ahead.

These grants will supplement Council’s contributions of $557,400 for the netball courts and $92,500 towards Thompson Reserve lighting.

The Wonthaggi Netball Courts are used by the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association and the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club. The seven courts are in very poor condition and have been deemed unsuitable for hosting finals matches.

The renewal of these courts together with drainage works and fencing will bring these courts up to a standard to meet the requirements set out by Netball Victoria. This work will provide a major improvement to the facility for a total of more than 600 participants in the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association (WDNA) and Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club.

The improved courts will raise the profile of netball within Bass Coast and lift the standard of facilities at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

This $757,000 project has been the work of a strong partnership between Council, WDNA and the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club.

Council has also worked closely with the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club on a $260,000 project to enable the Club to train at Thompson Reserve under lights.

The Reserve currently has no playing field lighting and the players currently need to travel away from Inverloch to use oval lighting at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

The installation of lights at Thompson Reserve will provide lighting to a standard required for training and for competition matches.

Club morale will be boosted with everyone being able to both train and play at the Club’s home ground.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said these grants were another fabulous example of community, local and state government partnership.

“Council has worked alongside all clubs involved, leveraged its contribution along with the clubs own fundraising component and been able to successfully demonstrate the need for upgrades and new infrastructure,” Cr Crugnale said.

“The Wonthaggi netball clubs have done an incredible job to contribute a substantial amount to the renewal of their courts, and the Inverloch Stars still have a little way to go to reach their contribution fundraising target. This news gives confidence for any business, organisation or individual wishing to donate and support these fast growing sports in the region.

“Council’s considerable contribution of more than $500,000 and the State Government’s $100,000 to the Wonthaggi Netball Courts highlights the value we, and the community we represent, have for our sporting facilities and playing field standards. Wonthaggi has not been able to hold finals due to the substandard surfaces of the courts and this changes now.”

Facilities need to be indicative of the regional town status that Wonthaggi now has, and this is just the start of a considered and planned program of funding applications.”

Council also received $30,000 towards the $60,000 development of the Municipal Recreation Plan 2017-2027, which will be a strategic document to set the direction and support the development of recreation facilities and services for the next decade.

The Plan will promote increased participation, shared and multi-use facilities with universal design and inclusion, and will be a key supporting document for Council in seeking external funding.