Ball rolling on netball centre upgrades
THE Town of Cambridge has supported Perth Netball Association’s (PNA) bid for funding for more floodlights and new hard courts at Matthews Netball Centre.
The Town voted unanimously on Tuesday to contribute $417,000 toward converting 11 grass courts to eight hard courts and installing floodlighting on 12 courts, subject to the success of the association’s application for a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grant.
The CSRFF would cover a third of the cost, with the rest to come from PNA and the Town.
PNA executive officer Troy Starcevich said the association had been working towards implementing the improvements for some time.
In August 2017, Cambridge deferred support- ing PNA’S application to increase lighting at Matthews.
Mr Starcevich said since the Town’s approval, he felt like the ball was finally rolling.
“We are confident it will be approved,” he said.
“There is a demand for more members with training space and to expand our winter competition on Friday nights, away from the tradition- al Saturday, so these improvements would help a lot.”
Extra floodlights and conversion of hard courts would allow the PNA, which has more than 6500 members, to further grow.
“This funding would mean we could accommodate our members better, those who need more space for training, to run more competitions on Friday evenings and alle- viate some of the congestion we have on Saturday morning,” he said.
“We had to place restrictions on numbers since the 2015 season because the main limiting factors include court space and congestion with traffic.”
The application will go to Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for final approval.
Perth Netball Association executive officer Troy Starcevich on court at the Matthews Netball Centre. Picture: Martin Kennealey