MEDIA RELEASE: LABOR COMMITS $1.3 MILLION TO ROCKDALE NETBALL FACILITIES

LABOR COMMITS $1.3 MILLION TO ROCKDALE NETBALL FACILITIES

Federal Labor MP Linda Burney has committed $1.085 million for the renewal of the St George District Netball Courts if Labor forms government at the next federal election.

This is in addition to NSW Labor’s pledge of $250,000 for improvements to the netball courts which was announced by Labor Member for Rockdale Steve Kamper and Labor candidate for Oatley Lucy Mannering, should Labor win the state election on 23 March.

“The election of both Federal and State Labor governments will result in $1.335 million being injected into the local economy for an upgrade to sporting facilities for a sport predominately played by women and girls”, said Ms Burney.

The netball courts, located on West Botany Street in Rockdale, are home to the St George District Netball Association.

The Association supports 11 clubs, with members of all ages hailing from the Bayside and Georges River Council Areas.

The association’s facilities comprise of 15 asphalt and 17 grass courts.

Labor’s commitment will renew the courts’ surfaces as well as upgrade ancillary equipment and infrastructure, including goal posts, seating, bins, fencing and the car park.

The facilities are on the verge of reaching the end of their useful life.

“Upgrades to our facilities have been a long time coming and this commitment will enable us to vastly improve the playing experience of our over 1,600 members,” said Mr Peter Crawford, President of the St George District Netball Association.

Mr Bill Saravinovski, Mayor of Bayside City Council said that the project, which will be managed by the Council, will support 22 jobs.

The association, which is about to embark on its 2019 competition, provides a major weekly fixture which brings the community together both during the season as well as the off-season.

“The election of Federal and State Labor Governments will mean rejuvenated and upgraded netball facilities for our community”, said Ms Burney.