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Kurri Kurri, Singleton netballers welcome $3.3 million boost

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Hundreds of netballers in the Hunter will hit the ground running – literally – in 2024 with pristine new facilities to coincide with the winter season.

The Kurri Kurri Netball Association is set to benefit from an $1,898,400 injection, via the NSW Government’s Level the Playing Field Program.

Neighbouring Singleton Netball Association also pocketed $1.4 million, courtesy of the Essential Community Sport Assets and NSW Severe Weather and Flood Grant initiatives.

The Maitland Street venue at Kurri Kurri will undergo an upgrade, with inclusive amenities and improved lighting.

“Sport is a way of life in my electorate,” Cessnock MP Clayton Barr said.

“So, the funding of this project will create a level playing field for women and girls playing grassroots netball.

“It will ensure more people develop a lifelong love of sport and enjoy the advantages that it brings.”

Minister for Women Jodie Harrison said it was important to break down the barriers that had traditionally prevented many women from participating in sport.

“Sport should be inclusive for people of all ages, genders and abilities,” the Charlestown MP added.

“But, we know women face different barriers to men.

“This program delivers on the NSW Government’s commitment to creating a level playing field.”

Constructed over two stages, Singleton now boasts 12 asphalted courts at Rose Point Park, as well as new goal posts and line-marking following extensive damage caused by long periods of rain and flooding in 2021 and 2022.

“Repairing community sporting infrastructure has been essential to returning life back to normal in flood-affected communities,” Hunter MLC Emily Suvaal said.

“It’s fantastic to see the new playing surfaces at Rose Point Park.”

Singleton Council’s director infrastructure and planning services Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr welcomed the investment.

“The netball court upgrade is just one project in a suite of enhancements being made to Cook Park/Rose Point Park, including the new athletics clubhouse and the AFL clubhouse extension, further cementing the precinct as a premier sporting location in Singleton and surrounds,” he said.

“We’re extremely excited to also be unveiling further improvements across the LGA in 2024/25, encompassing the start of the $6.5 million Alroy Oval precinct redevelopment, works at Broke Recreational Ground and upgrades to Howe Park Tennis courts and the Mountain Bike Track in Maison Dieu, to name but a few. 

“Council recognises the value of sport and recreation in supporting the wellbeing of our community.

“So, we’re committed to delivering the highest quality facilities for the people of Singleton.”

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