Moss­man net­ball court push

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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