26 April 2016 Woolgoolga Netball Court Official Opening

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An upgrade of Woolgoolga’s Netball Courts worth around $290,000 is to be officially opened by Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, on Saturday, April 30 at 10.30am.

 

“This was a major project but with the partnership between Council and the Woolgoolga District Netball Association, it became a reality and the fantastic regional facility that it is today,” said Cr Knight. “The Association’s volunteers and members deserve huge congratulations for their perseverance and commitment.”

 

The condition of the courts had been a problem for around 10 years and, despite some minor repairs, the problem had escalated in recent times. Large cracks and undulations and extremely poor drainage led to the playing surface becoming more and more hazardous for players and the Association was close to the point of declaring the courts unplayable.

 

The upgrade cost nearly $290,000. The funding sources included:

  • $200,000 from Council.

  • $25,000 from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.

  • $26,000 from Council’s 2014-2015 Community Capital Infrastructure Grant program, plus in-kind works worth $26,000 provided by the Woolgoolga District Netball Association.

  • $10,000 community grant from Southern Phones.

  • Woolgoolga Lions Club also provided substantial additional funding and assistance.

 

As a result of the upgrade, membership of the Association is the healthiest it has been in years and the courts have been chosen to host the North Coast Regional League Finals for the first time.

 

“Our local netball competitions are now in full swing and again we have experienced an increase in numbers, especially in our junior age groups,” said Sandra Thorpe, the Association’s President. “We anticipate that once our highly successful Mixed Twilight comp gets underway later in the year, our current membership will exceed 250, which is awesome.”