HORSHAM City Oval’s netball facilities are set to get a much-needed boost in time for the 2014 Wimmera Netball Association season.
The State Government will contribute $40,000 to upgrade the change room facilities, with co-tenants Horsham Demons and Horsham RSL Diggers putting in $10,000 each.
Horsham netballer Zoe Heard, who helped apply for the grant, said the continual poor weather this season underlined the oval’s lack of netball change and showering facilities.
“It’s meant to be our premier sporting facility in the Wimmera and a lot of people think that netball seems to be lagging,” she said.
“It’s getting used almost every day of the week and was definitely something we needed to bolster.”
The project will increase the size of the change rooms and deliver additional amenities.
It will also include a new ramp to provide better access for all.
Heard said the facilities would be similar to those at Davis Park in Nhill.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty visited the reserve last night to announce the funding for the project from the Country Football Netball Program.
“The program aims to improve the access and quality of netball and football facilities in rural, regional and outer metro areas and addresses barriers to participating in sport, including a lack of change facilities for female players and officials,” he said.
“I’m pleased to deliver good news to our female netballers who will benefit from the expansion of the female change facilities.”
The government also announced an $80,000 lighting upgrade for Murtoa Recreation Reserve.
Minyip-Murtoa Football Club president Andy Delahunty said he was delighted with the news.
“It will certainly help with full-ground drills on the training track,” he said.
“A good 40 per cent of the ground didn’t have any lighting at all.”
The lighting upgrade is estimated to be completed by the start of next season.