Mornington residents on Saturday celebrated the official opening of the Elsie Dorington Reserve netball courts, following the completion of court upgrades and lighting.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade provides high quality sporting facilities so more people in the region can participate in sport.
“The upgraded sporting facilities will benefit the Mornington community by potentially attracting significant events such as finals and regional sporting events,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing modern, well equipped and safe sporting facilities definitely helps do that.”
Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther was in Mornington for the official opening of the upgrade today and said the project was an investment in grassroots sport.
“The upgrade marks the Coalition Government’s commitment to support growth and development in Dunkley,” Mr Crewther said.
“This upgrade has been an investment in grassroots sport for the region. Netball courts like these are where Australia’s future sporting stars are born and allow for our sporting clubs to thrive and expand. I look forward to seeing our community and the region utilising and enjoying these excellent new courts.”
Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren said the seven upgraded courts now comply with current Netball Victoria court standards.
“The upgraded netball courts will help increase club memberships and improve the club’s ability to fundraise and contribute financially to future upgrades and equipment,” Mr Eren said.
“Meeting Netball Victoria’s standard will improve the sustainability of the club, giving local netball players greater opportunities to take advantage of this upgrade.”
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Mayor Bev Colomb said the upgrade included competition level lighting to aid night games.
“The upgrade of the netball courts will grow the number of events that can be hosted on the reserve,” Cr Colomb said.
“I’m pleased to see this upgrade finally complete and I am looking forward to seeing the increase in competitive sports in the region from this important project.”
The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($500,000), the Victorian Government ($100,000), the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council ($363,568), and the Mornington Netball Association ($50,000).