Ball rolling on net­ball cen­tre up­grades

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

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.­mu­ni­ d487212

Perth Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Troy Starce­vich on court at the Matthews Net­ball Cen­tre. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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