| August 26, 2016

Game on! New netball courts for Shepparton

Local and visiting netballers had their first experience on the new Shepparton netball courts today, following the official opening by the Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash.

“It is great to see first-hand the difference the Coalition Government’s funding is making to sport in Shepparton,” Minister Nash said.

“As a former netballer from a regional community I know the value of sporting facilities in local communities.

“Netball is a big part of Shepparton and so many regional communities.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and great local sporting facilities are a big part of that."

Local Member for Murray, Damian Drum, said this redevelopment now ensures the Shepparton community has access to high quality netball facilities and will encourage more people to become involved in local community sport.

Mayor of Greater Shepparton Dinny Adem said the $1 million courts and new lighting formed part of the broader Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct upgrade.

“Each week more than 1,200 participants ranging in both age and competitive level come from around the Shepparton region to use this sporting precinct, and today’s court opening marks one of many in the coming months as part of the precinct upgrade,” Cr Adem said.

“We are excited to have already opened the synthetic hockey fields and to be delivering a community football complex, a regional athletics centre, multi-purpose synthetic fields and a range of supporting infrastructure—all of which is eagerly anticipated by the local sporting community.

“Council is committed to promoting access to leisure and recreational facilities that are responsive to the cultural, social, recreational and demographic diversity of our community.

“The Shepparton Sports Precinct is a fantastic facility supporting team sports, athletics, cycling, BMX and more, and will only get better as these upgrades continue to progress and more fixtures become available.”

The Coalition Government contributed more than $433,000, and the Greater Shepparton City Council more than $883,000, to the $1 million courts and lighting upgrade.

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