Netball facility work ready to begin
A successful Lotteries Commission grant means work on rebuilding Masterton’s netball facility on Colombo Road will get underway soon.
Bring it to Colombo Trust chairman Luther Toloa said the first sod will be turned soon with the aim of having the rebuild of the facility completed in time for the 2018 netball season. Last March, Bring it to Colombo unveiled their plans to rebuild the netball facility on Colombo Road.
Costing $2.5 million, the work will include resurfacing and repositioning 12 courts – six asphalt and six artificial and with three courts under cover, a new club room with disability access and accessible toilet and shower facilities, a large viewing deck, and medical room with outside ambulance access.
It had been hoped that the rebuild would start after the 2016 netball season but a funding shortfall and the Lotteries Commission declining the initial funding application meant more fundraising was needed before any work could start.
Toloa said the community got in behind the Trust and helped raise the shortfall that was required before the Lotteries Commission would reconsider their application and last week the Trust was advised they will receive funding.
‘‘We are absolutely ecstatic that we can finally get on with creating a facility that will now continue to serve our communities and region for generations to come.
‘‘The value to our community $500,000 of Lotteries is priceless and that is the reason so many local businesses, organisations, fundraising volunteers, sports clubs, families, schools and individuals have helped raise the money we needed to get us to a starting date. And one of the most pleasing aspects of this project was the recognition by all these folks that the netball and indeed the wider community deserve better.’’
Toloa said to date, Bring it to Colombo has raised more than $2.2 million and will now only need to fundraise the last $250,000 to complete the project.
‘‘We wanted to start work before the end of this year’s netball season and I think we will achieve that.‘‘
Toloa said a number of community fundraising initiatives are being planned and for details about how you can support the rebuild or if you want to donate go to www.bringittocolombo.com
3D view of the proposed Colombo Road netball courts by Darryl Silverwood Architect.