The George Town Saints Netball Association are flying high today with the news they are set to receive funding for a range of upgrades, including a complete resurfacing of the existing courts.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the $30,000 funding commitment from the Coalition Government would support sports participation and healthy lifestyles on Tasmania’s north coast.
“This investment in the George Town Saints Netball Club will provide immediate benefits for netball players around Northern Tasmania by ensuring they have a quality facility on which to practice and compete,” Dr McVeigh said.
“By funding sporting infrastructure like this, we are creating social cohesion in communities, boosting pride in our regions and potentially helping to unearth the next Suncorp Super Netball star.”
Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the upgrade will provide players and visitors with resurfaced courts for supporting and participating in the national game.
“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of getting more Australians more active, more often,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It’s not just a way to stay healthy, but it’s a good investment too. For every $1 invested in Australian sport and physical activity there is an estimated $7 return to the economy.”
Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the project was required to repair and resurface the netball courts, which have deteriorated and become extremely slippery, creating a hazard to players.
“Due to these conditions, the majority of training has had to be shifted to a nearby indoor court, which is inconvenient for players and increases costs for the club,” Senator Martin said.
“Having your courts suffer from overuse is a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless, so we’re pleased that funding has been announced to improve conditions.”
The Coalition Government is investing $30,000 in the project.