The construction of two new hard surface Netball Courts at Nita MGrath Ovals in Dubbo have commenced with thanks to a solid partnership between Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), The NSW State Government and the Dubbo Netball Association.
The Dubbo Netball Association were successful in receiving $228,100 through the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants Program that will convert two grass courts into all-weather playing surfaces.
DRC have engaged specialist company Sports Build to complete the work, via a competitive tender process. Sports Build have actively engaged local subcontractors where possible to provide supplies and carry out work at different stages of the project.
Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson said this is a great project to get the year started! “The Dubbo Netball Association is an extremely strong group, it’s wonderful that the association can continue expanding and with the support of the State Government we can deliver this level of improvement to a well utilised facility,” said Councillor Dickerson.
Dubbo Netball Association President Vanessa Uebergang said the association was excited to see the work commence.
“We would like to thank the State Government and Dubbo Regional Council for their commitment to and support of local netball. We attract a lot of players from around the whole region and expanding our playing surfaces will allow our association to grow in players and supporters for years to come,” said Ms Uebergang.
“The all-weather courts will also allow games that would normally have to be cancelled during or after wet weather to go ahead. We anticipate this will have a positive impact on our larger events that may have had to be scaled back in the past in the event of bad weather,” said Ms Uebergang
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said he was proud to deliver this level of support to such a popular sport for the whole region
“These courts are an absolute hive of activity every Saturday during winter, and this upgrade will enable even more women and girls to stay active, playing in one of the region’s fastest-growing sports,” said Mr Saunders.
The courts are expected to be complete by the end of March 2022, ready for the start of the 2022 season.