Massive boost for netball in Ipswich
NETBALL: Ipswich City Council has received a $436,000 State Government grant towards improving facilities at Ipswich Netball Association headquarters at Limestone Park.
The major grant is under the State Government's Female Facilities program.
Works, Parks and Sport Committee Acting Chairperson Cr David Morrison said the total cost of the netball project - including construction of toilets, showers and changing rooms - was $620,000.
"The improved facilities will cater for the netball community and the existing extensive use of this facility,” he said.
"The new amenities will be accessed during the association's regular activities including weekly competition and night training sessions and will assist to deliver on duty of care/member protection management, without shared use of existing toilets which are currently over capacity.”
Thirteen new female toilets, four new showers and one new unisex accessible toilet are planned.
Cr Morrison said there would also be a new change room facility to allow use by female participants, a new referees room with showers and toilets, and new parents' rooms.
"The objective of the Female Facilities Program is to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet current and future needs of sport and recreation participants,” he said.
Cr Morrison said there would be high demand for improved facilities at Limestone Park.
"Netball Queensland's facility requirements to host State Championships have increased. Ipswich Netball Association have a demonstrated track record in sourcing funds for facility upgrades and developments to 24 sealed courts needed to host state level events and accommodate the growing member base.”
Ipswich Netball Association's mission is "to provide the members of the community with an opportunity to enrich their lives through the sport of netball in a safe, supportive and fun environment”.