Mossman netball court push
THE Douglas Netball Association is urging Cairns Regional Council to financially support the building of netball courts at George Davis Park in Mossman and say it’s “long overdue“.
Douglas Netball Association president Coral Deen applied for a Community Benefit Fund grand at the last council meeting for the construction of two paved courts and two grass courts in Mossman.
“Young girls living near Daintree, Miallo, Wonga Beach and Mossman are having to car pool to Port Douglas Sports Complex after school hours to access a free sporting facility,” she said.
“Mossman, being the remote community that it is, has very limited activities and social interaction for young people.
“The courts will benefit not only the Mossman kids but also kids from adjacent areas.”
The facility would be used for netball team training and individual training for those who have been identified for the academy or representative netball teams.
“This would be a healthy outdoor social outlet for all of the community as well, we believe that indigenous kids would also benefit from this facility as they display an inbuilt talent for all kinds of sport and enjoy participating,” she said.
While the Mossman Indoor Sports Centre is just down the road, youngsters have to fork out the cash to pay for a game.
“The Mossman Indoor Centre is currently utilised for team training,” Deen said.
“This facility is too expensive and with only two courts has made training very difficult over the past year.
“Two courts is not enough room to train six to eight junior teams.
“There is no public transport for the children to travel to Port Douglas either.
“It is far too expensive to catch the shuttle bus and to use these courts as our main train- ing facility.”
The Douglas Netball Association decided the courts should be built at the back of George Davis Park as it is a safe environment which has high public exposure.
“It will be an ideal place for families also, especially with young children on skates, scooters or bites who need a flat area to learn to balance on,” she said.
Cairns Regional Council is investigating the concept but has asked the Douglas Netball Association for letters from the public to support the development.