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Upgraded netball courts officially open in Scone

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The upgraded netball courts officially opened in Scone over the weekend. 

The four new courts were opened by Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell after the NSW Government contributed $250,000 to the project under Round Three of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Sarah Mitchell said the delivery of the four new courts was made possible by their grant and significant contributions from the Upper Hunter Shire Council and the Scone District Netball Association.

“Hundreds of players and even more spectators past and present have spent countless weekends playing, cheering and having fun at these courts, along with students from five local schools and young people visiting the area for carnivals,” Sarah Mitchell said.

“I know the previous courts were showing signs of wear and tear and local players and parents were keen for new surfaces, and I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to deliver these upgrades through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund."

“These brand new courts will inspire new players to take up the sport, improve health and fitness and help people to socialise through sport, with the added benefit of giving our littlest locals a smoother ride as they learn to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards.”

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Bill Rose Netball Courts Refurbishment project is one of 72 projects delivered in the Upper Hunter electorate under the Stronger Country Communities Fund since 2017.

“To date, the Stronger Country Communities Fund has provided $16.5 million to the Upper Hunter, delivering projects that make a big positive difference to everyday life, and there’s even more to come with applications now open for Round Four,” John Barilaro said.

The reconstruction has been completed as planned, meeting the requirements of modern design standards as outlined in the 2016 Netball Australia National Facilities Policy. 

Work carried out included extensive sub-surface drainage and sub-grade improvements to ensure a minimum useful life of 30 years, full pavement reconstruction, new asphalt, acrylic court surfacing, line marking, and telescopic height adjustable poles.

The $500 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund which, together with the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investment and jobs.

Applications for Round Four of the $100 million Stronger Country Communities Fund are now open, with up to $50 million to be made available for projects that increase female participation in sport, including change rooms. For further information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/sccf.

Image credit: Sarah Mitchell Facebook page