The Mulwala Netball Committee has been working tirelessly to raise much-needed funds for new netball courts at Lonsdale Reserve.FIONA BLICK August 12, 2014 3:16pm
MFNC fields eight netball sides with more than 80 young girls and women participating in the Murray League competition.
Spokesperson Jo McCarthy said teams currently play on the existing tennis courts which are rapidly deteriorating, posing a safety risk to all players and officials.
“As such the committee has been extremely proactive in fundraising and submitting grant applications to fund the development of new netball courts,” Jo said.
“Recently the Corowa Shire announced their agreement to provide a $50,000 interest free loan, should the most recent NSW Community Building Partnerships Grant application be successful.”
According to Jo the development of new netball courts also forms part of the Lonsdale Reserve Master Plan, developed in consultation with the community.
“This project was identified as a high priority, thus demonstrating strong community support for the project,” she said.
“The Reserve provides a recreational park that will become the centrepiece for Mulwala, not only in a sporting sense, but from a social, environmental and recreational perspective.
“Courts will be available for casual use to all community members, including local schools and other sporting clubs.”
Jo said there was a real sense of urgency around the construction of the new courts, solely due to the safety risk the existing ones are starting to pose.
“The current courts lack the required run off distances mandated by Netball Victoria, and one court in particular is starting to crumble in various sections,” she said.
“In wet weather particularly, the surface is becoming quite slippery and we are concerned about potential injuries to players and officials.
“Failure to address the state of the courts could put the ability to provide netball in Mulwala, in its current format, at risk.
“Football and Netball brings many families to our community and also provides the opportunity for families to participate in sport together.
“We would hate to see that bond broken by having to relocate the netball to another venue.”
The committee had been overwhelmed with the support shown for developing the new courts and have just commenced a fundraising drive to raise the final $30,000 required to complete this project, should their grant application be successful.
“We are seeking donations of any amount from families and businesses, towards this much-needed project,” Jo said.
“All donations will be acknowledged in the local paper, club newsletter and via social media. Any donations over $500 will also be acknowledged on a sponsor’s board that will be permanently located at the new courts.”
Anyone able to contribute to this project can make donations to the following investment account at Hargraves Secured Investments – BSB: 063-537 Account No: 10063130; Reference: 4113 + family or business name.
For further information please contact Jo McCarthy on 0427 435757.
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