Labor pledges netball facility upgrade
The local infrastructure commitments from Labor have kept rolling, with $5 million promised to Maitland Netball Association to overhaul the facility should the party form government.
The money would allow for the rebuilding of 32 courts in Maitland Park to enable their use for state-level competition, as well as the associated drainage works.
It would make Maitland the state’s only regional facility capable of hosting those kind of events.
“We have so many courts that are in state of disrepair – it makes some of them unsafe so we don’t play any games on them,” association secretary Leearna Bennett said.
“We do have the court numbers and we have the supporting infrastructure, we can take the transport, the accommodation and we certainly have the people, but we can’t do it with the status of our courts.”
Incumbent Jenny Aitchison said the commitment was about prioritising regional local sports.
“They [the association] were explaining to me the challenges they were having in terms of courts having to be resurfaced at emergency levels, but it has also come down through Netball NSW that they need to have a facility outside Sydney,” she said.
“Netball is the most popular sport for women and it’s great to be able to provide funding for a facility that’s not just for our community, but for the region.”
The commitment is part of the $95 million Community Sports First package, which includes a basketball facility in Western Sydney, an Adult Swim Safe program through Surf Lifesaving NSW and a fund to assist gymnastics clubs across the state.