Netball is back big time in the City of Kingston with the brand new Dales Park netball pavilion now complete, made possible by the Victorian Government.
Member for Clarinda Meng Heang Tak today joined representatives of Kingston City Council and Kingston and Districts Netball Association to officially open the new pavilion made possible by a $500,000 investment from the Victorian Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
The venue is the centre for all things netball in Oakleigh South and home to more than 1500 players from juniors to senior competition as well as a base for the popular Net Set Go program.
The new two-storey pavilion replaces the old clubrooms and includes new change rooms, umpire change rooms, public toilets, a first aid room, canteen, storage and administration areas, meeting rooms and multi-purpose community spaces.
The upgrades are a boon for the local netball community, providing the perfect base for local coaching, representative, Net Set Go, umpiring, and ‘come and play’ programs to go to the next level.
From new sports pavilions to court upgrades, projects like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
The Victorian Budget 2022/23 is providing an additional $88 million to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure and programs to boost participation in local sports clubs and organisations. This includes continuing the flagship Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, game-changing Female Friendly Facilities Fund and the popular Country Football and Netball Program.
This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s investment of more than $1.2 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, bringing people together, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
Mr Tak acknowledged Kingston City Council and the Kingston and Districts Netball Association for their commitment and significant financial contributions to the project.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Clarinda Meng Heang
“Dales Park is the home for all things netball in this part of Kingston – locals deserve a venue they can be proud of.”
“The new netball pavilion is a game changer and provides the perfect foundation for the association and teams to get more locals involved, develop new pathways and host the big events.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”