Works begin on new netball courts

Netballers in Bass Coast will be able to play on brand new courts next season, with construction of seven netball courts at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve beginning this week.

The $757,000 project, which is part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s 2016/17 Capital Works program, is a major investment in sport and recreation facilities in Wonthaggi and will create a high quality netball facility for Bass Coast.

There are currently over 600 users who regularly access the courts, and construction of new courts will provide a high quality playing surface that is compliant with Netball Victoria guidelines, improved access and perimeter fencing, minor improvements to lighting for training and an opportunity to increase participation in the sport within the community.

The project will also give Wonthaggi the potential to host netball finals for the local netball leagues, in turn providing an economic benefit to the community.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, acknowledged the high level of contribution and commitment from the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association and the Wonthaggi Power Netball Club to make the project become a reality.

The WDNA have contributed $80,000 and the Wonthaggi Power Netball Club have contributed $20,000.

“The netball association and club have done an incredible job to contribute a substantial amount to the renewal of their courts,” Cr Crugnale said.

“Council’s considerable contribution of more than $557,000 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.”

The works are expected to be completed by the end of January 2017, weather permitting.

Council appreciates that these works may present an inconvenience to key recreation user groups and the wider community, especially when much of the work is determined by the weather conditions.

It is expected that there will be some minor delays to traffic during the works period and the contractors will take all necessary steps to minimise delays to road users.

Appropriate traffic and pedestrian control measures will be implemented onsite during these works, and the nearby playground will also be closed during the construction of the courts.

Council asks for your patience and the contractor will make every effort to minimise disruptions to motorists, schools, residents and businesses.

For information about this project, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.