Netball Courts upgrade announced for Vost Park

Coffs Harbour Netballers Deputy Liz King, Deputy PM Michael McCormack, Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan and Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight at Vost Park.

 

NETBALLERS are jumping for joy after state and local dignitaries announced a major upgrade for local facilities.

Future games will be played on vastly improved courts at Vost Park thanks to federal funding from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

The Coffs Harbour Netballers Association will benefit from the $1.45 million received by the Coffs Harbour City Council.

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Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan, said netball is such a popular and growing sport, with thousands of players taking to the court each week for exercise and competition.

“The upgrades will provide a safer and smoother surface for local players, and also ensure that Coffs Harbour is well placed to host regional, state and national competition in the future,” Mr Conaghan said.

“The upgrades could also not come at a better time, with this week’s announcement that Australia is set to host the 2027 Netball World Cup which is sure to increase the sports’ popularity even more.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said, “Vost Park Netball Courts are a very important facility for local teams and players and as a site for regional competitions.

“I am delighted that this grant, and Council’s contribution, will mean local netball players will have a really high-quality facility in which to learn, improve, be inspired to achieve, and compete.”

President of the Coffs Harbour Netball Association, Liz King said, “We are delighted to receive this major financial assistance for our growing sport and the local community, and would like to express our deep appreciation to all levels of government and their representatives for their recognition and support.”

The Coffs Harbour Netballers Association Mixed Rep 2021 team returned from playing last weekend at representative level at Taree and Camden and can’t wait to show off the new facilities here.

The project will see the existing nine courts renewed with a new high quality Plexipave Netball Surface System which protects the surface from ultra-violet exposure, provides better grip and court speed, and reduces heat, fatigue, impact, stress, and abrasion injuries.

The Vost Park Netball Courts are located in Murray Street Coffs Harbour and is the home ground for West Coffs.

Construction is expected to commence in the coming months and will be completed by Christmas (weather permitting).

 

By Sandra MOON

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