Manager Community and Recreation Laurie D’Angelo-Edmonds, Operations Manager Recreation Works Caine James, Mayor Loretta Baker and Secretary Maitland Netball Association Kim Starkey.

Local netballers will notice a huge difference when they hit the courts again in Maitland on Saturday.

It comes as upgrades which were funded by a grant of $924,241 from the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund and $435,714 from Maitland Netball Association have been completed.

Maitland Netball Association Secretary Kim Starkey said the new courts look amazing and are something the association has been working towards for a few years.

“The whole facility is looking great, ready for us to start on Saturday,” she said.

“[The facility] is heading to be one of the best in regional NSW [which] means we can provide the best space for our netballers.

“I want to thank council and our members for their contribution to this project.”

Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker said the upgrades will be loved by the community.

“It’s fantastic that another recreational asset has been improved thanks to funding from the state government and the Maitland Netball Association,” she said.

“The completion of the works is even more significant as it coincides with a huge milestone in our community’s return to sport following the pandemic.

“I’m sure that local netballers will appreciate the upgrades that little bit more because they’ve been unable to play a game for some time.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said the Stronger Country Communities Fund is delivering better community infrastructure and youth initiatives to improve the lives of people who live in our regional cities and towns.

“These refurbished netball courts will mean the world to local club members and their families who return to play every season for fitness, competition and to make new friends,” Ms Cusack said.

“The new courts have less trip hazards, which make games safer and more enjoyable and will help to attract higher profile regional competitions to the area, giving local business a boost.

“I congratulate Maitland City Council and Maitland Netball Association for their collaboration and commitment in helping to deliver this wonderful new asset to the community.”

To find out more about local projects which have benefited from the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, visit Maitland City Council’s website.

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