Local netballers hit Scone’s newly reconstructed courts on Saturday, with the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell on hand to officially open the upgraded facility.
The project was funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (Round 3) with a grant of $250,000, with Upper Hunter Shire Council contributing $190,500 and $60,000 from Scone Netball Association.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor, Maurice Collison said the courts will help attract new players to the sport, and cement the continued growth and sustainability of netball within the shire.
“This project will ensure local sportspeople have high quality community spaces to play in, it will bring further scope to hold larger competitions, attracting people to visit the region and it will bring people together, encouraging active lifestyles,” Mayor Collison said.
Work carried out included extensive sub-surface drainage, full pavement reconstruction, new asphalt, acrylic court surfacing, line marking, and telescopic height adjustable poles.
“Congratulations to club President Nat Smith and her committee, and to Mayor Maurice Collison and the council for helping this great project come to life,” said Minister Mitchell.
“And a special thank you to the Crusaders, including Adelaide and Lacey, for letting me join their team’s warm up before the game! Haven’t played for years but it was lots of fun…I even managed to score a goal!”