Bass Coast’s huge contribution to court resurfacing

AFTER years of volunteer committee hours lobbying and much paperwork, the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association was thrilled to find out that the town’s netball courts will be upgraded in time for the 2017 season.
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 the 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.
Vicky Donohue from the netball club spoke of this exciting news.
“The Wonthaggi netball players are excited that a long held dream of past and present committee members and players will come to fruition with the announcement of the replacement to all seven courts which will not only benefit our community but many others surrounding our district,” Vicky said.
She also thanked the Bass Coast Shire Council for its help in sealing the deal.
This work will provide a major improvement to the facility for more than 600 participants in the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association (WDNA) and Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club.

Soccer lights
The 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 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 partnerships.
“The 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.”