CONSTRUCTION of new netball changerooms at Dimboola Recreation Reserve is set to start later this year.
Dimboola Football Netball Club president Col Campbell said a contractor had recently been secured to build the rooms off-site.
The project has been in the planning stages for two years.
“It’s been a long planning process, but at the end of it all we’ve ended up with the result that we really wanted,” Mr Campbell said. “To get to this stage where we have a bit more of a timeframe is fantastic.”
The club was awarded a grant in June 2016 to build the new changerooms, and has since been working with Hindmarsh Shire Council on plans for the rooms.
Mr Campbell said off-site construction of the building was expected to be completed within five months.
The building will then be transported to the Dimboola Recreation Reserve by the end of the year, where it will be placed at the southern, scoreboard end of the netball courts.
“We will be adding decking and a verandah out the front to provide a decent undercover viewing area as well,” Mr Campbell said.
“That’s something we have been lacking and really need to provide for winter sports.”
The building will provide changerooms for the home and away teams, including showers and a designated space for umpires.
The verandah is expected to extend more than three metres out in order to provide extra cover from the winter elements.
Netballers currently have to use toilets more than 100 metres away at the main clubrooms, and do not have access to showers at the club.
“It’s something the netballers have wanted for such a long time,” Mr Campbell said.
“It’s pleasing that we can get something done to be more welcoming to netballers at the club.”
Mr Campbell said netballers were an integral part of continuing to ensure Dimboola was a thriving Wimmera club.
“Being able to provide proper changerooms also makes it more likely players will hang around at the club, because they don’t need to go straight home after playing or training for showers,” he said.
"It should be a top-quality building and a great addition to the club.”