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National Park netball courts to undergo $627,000 facelift

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The Newcastle Netball Association (NNA) has hailed City of Newcastle’s commitment to enhance National Park’s popular sporting precinct.

Work began this week to upgrade the 30 courts at the premier netball facility.

It’s part of a $627,000 overhaul being funded by NNA and delivered with support from council.

Designed to provide safer, high performance court surfaces for thousands of local players ahead of the 2022 season, the project also includes surface grinding, crack repairs, asphalt works and installation of the heavy-duty Netball NSW-endorsed Plexipave followed by new line marking and court numbering. 

NNA president Cheryl Hernando said the upgrade would provide netballers with a better competition surface.  

“More than 4,000 players utilise these courts throughout the year and the enhanced safety measures this revitalisation provides will be gladly welcomed,” she admitted.

“The new acrylic court surface will deliver a range of benefits for players including better traction underfoot.”

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the netball courts were an important part of the National Park sporting precinct, offering recreational opportunities for competition and social netballers.

“As one of our largest and oldest sportsgrounds and open space reserves, National Park plays an important role in the livability of our city,” she stated.

Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz said City of Newcastle was committed to protecting and enhancing the vital greenspace and active recreation areas.

Council intends to invest millions of dollars into a range of projects currently underway while also planning for its future through the development of the National Park Plan of Management. 

“Developments such as the upgrade of the courts by Newcastle Netball Association demonstrate the passion and commitment local sporting groups and community members also feel for National Park,” Cr Winney-Baartz said. 

“I commend them for moving ahead with this important upgrade, which will provide safe, activated and enhanced recreation spaces for the community, including thousands of registered netball players who take part in Saturday morning, twilight and representative competitions each year.”  

Due to the complexity of the project, the netball court precinct will be closed during the construction period, which is expected to be finished, weather depending, by March 2022 ahead of the netball season.  

National Park covers more than 20 hectares and is home to a range of community facilities including sportsgrounds, netball and basketball courts, a croquet club and an athletics track.

To find out more about all the project updates at National Park, visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

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