Great Western Netball Court Development

The Great Western netball court is utilised by the Great Western Football & Netball Club at the recreation reserve. The existing court has substantial base issues resulting in pavement/surface damage. A Facility Condition & Compliance Audit Report completed in 2017 determined the court is nearing the end of its useful life and requires reconstruction.

This project included a Great Western Recreation Reserve Master Plan to determine the most appropriate position for a new netball court within the precinct and is now at the stage of the development of a competition standard netball court, which is both compliant with Netball Victoria Standards and safe. The new netball court will include lighting for night time use.

Engagement

Meeting with club committee

13 February 2018

Master plan development

February - April 2018

Funding application submission and input

March - April 2018

Project meeting

31 August 2018

Detailed project meetings and consultation

11 October 2018 - February 2019

Project

Great Western Recreation Reserve Master Plan developed

February - April 2018

Council approves $60,000 contribution and Great Western Football & Netball Club approves $40,000 to the project

June 2018

$100,000 application for netball court funding through Sport & Recreation Victoria approved

August 2018

Netball court final design and planning approval, engage contractors to undertake works

September 2018 - February 2019

Tree removal and netball court construction period

February 2019 - April 2019

Go time! First game played on the new court

April 2019

 

Will the netball court be ready to play on for the 2019 season?
Yes, the aim is to have the court opened for the first home game scheduled for Saturday 13 April and all home games will be played on the new court in 2019. If there is a change to this, council will liaise with the Great Western Football & Netball Club and the Mininera & District Football and Netball League to discuss options.

Will tennis be moving to this new court?
No. The tennis courts will remain in the existing location. The court will include netball lines, and if the community requests to have this court as multipurpose, tennis court lines and the ability to include a net will be added at a later date.

How will the court be constructed and what will it be constructed of?
Council engaged an industry professional to undergo a review of all netball facilities in the shire. Recommendations resulted in prioritising the Great Western court as a high priority. The court will be constructed of concrete as recommended with a synthetic, netball approved, final surface. This construction type will provide a long-term solution and sustainable cost-effective future maintenance outcome.

What is the total cost?
The total project cost is $200,000.

Who is paying for it?
The Great Western Football & Netball Club is contributing $40,000 in cash and in-kind, Sport & Recreation Victoria is contributing $100,000, and the Northern Grampians Shire Council up to $60,000.

What colour will the court be?
Great Western Football & Netball Club will choose the colours for the court surface.