Work begins on new Bundy netball courts
NETBALL: Major state netball carnivals could be coming to Bundaberg with work starting on building new courts in the region.
A $500,000 grant from the Federal Government will see four new asphalt courts built at the Bundaberg Super Park, along with shading, seating and footpaths at the complex for spectators, players and volunteers.
Once completed, the venue will boast 20 courts which provides plenty of areas for major competitions.
"This announcement means the finalisation of a plan that started in 2013 after our major floods,” Bundaberg Netball Association treasurer Karen Holloway said.
"This (funding) has now allowed us to finish it all.”
The new courts are expected to be completed in late July, just in time for the Bundaberg representative carnival on August 5 and 6.
Bundaberg Netball said once the courts were completed it would allow the association to host state carnivals.
"The last carnival we had was 2009,” Holloway said.
"So this (new addition) will save parents lots and lots of money and allows us to bring in money (when we hold carnivals).”
It also has boosts to the local competition with more courts available which eases scheduling issues for the association.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said it was a boost for not just netball but sport in the region.
"There's more courts for our local kids to get out and play and of course be active and associate themselves with sport,” he said.
Pitt said the addition of shade would also protect kids.
"I know that as a parent to sit out here and to have the capacity to protect yourself in what is a very hot environment I think is a great advantage for the health our local supports and our parents and kids,” he said
The project is expected to be completed in October.