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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Netballers will be playing into the evening with new lighting at Blayney netball courts.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole and Blayney Mayor Scott Ferguson joined the final round of the twilight competition to officially open the upgrade.

Round four of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) delivered $278,584 to make this much-needed upgrade possible for the sport such as netball in the Blayney Shire. Lighting upgrades also include Lyndhurst Recreation Ground and King George Oval.

The six netball courts in the complex were also recently resurfaced with a high quality Laykold gel mat playing surface that SCCF round 3 provided funding of $200,996 to the local council to complete.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility used by much of the community and these upgrades make the courts both durable and user-friendly for competitors of all ages,” he said.

“Netball is a great participation sport across regional NSW and Blayney is no exception.

“I know that netball officials in the region have been calling out for upgrades to the Blayney courts and thanks to the Stronger Country Communities Fund this is now set to become a reality.”

Mr Toole said that currently Blayney Netball Association has members trekking to Orange and Bathurst to access useable courts.

“So, not only will the newly lit and resurfaced courts be safer and more accessible, it will also mean a saving of time and money on travel,” he said.

“Bringing the local netball courts back to life will enliven that area and bring the enjoyment and competition of netball back to town.”

Mr Toole said Stronger Country Communities aims to promote regional growth by employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses.

Blayney Mayor Scott Ferguson said the project has been valuable to the Netball community ensuring that the facility enables growth of the sport.

“The lights will provide greater flexibility when it comes to training during the winter months and enables extra time slots for the twilight competition,” he said.


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