Game changing improvements for Netball on the Mornington Peninsula

Published on 24 October 2018

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The Red Hill, Rye and Crib Point communities will get a boost thanks to major improvements to their netball facilities. 

This project is jointly funded between the Victorian Government’s Sport and Recreation Victoria Grants Program ($200,000) and Council’s Capital Works Program ($941,480).

The new facilities will be enjoyed by local sporting clubs, including the Red Hill, Rye and Crib Point netball clubs.

The proposed works include the construction of:

  • Two new asphalt netball courts at Red Hill Recreation Reserve.
  • Two dedicated competition courts and one multi-use netball/basketball court at RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye.
  • A new players/scorers shelter to the existing netball courts at Crib Point Recreation Reserve.

Mayor and Nepean Ward Councillor Bryan Payne said “once complete the new facilities will be a great boost for grassroots netball, giving local clubs the ability to grow and allow them to stage more training and programs”.

Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser said “our local sporting clubs are the heart of our communities. These improvements will contribute towards the growing number of people passionate about playing netball”.  

Red Hill Ward Councillor David Gill said “we’re working to encourage increased participation in recreation across the peninsula and these improved sports facilities will allow better usability of the courts for training”.

Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “providing modern facilities is an important factor in increasing participation for sporting clubs and providing netball courts that meet the Netball Victoria Standards”.

Shane McMahon said the Rowley Reserve Netball facility at Rye is almost 40 years old and needs a major upgrade to ensure the courts are safe and fit for purpose for all users including community groups.

“The Rye junior and senior clubs have approximately 110 netballers using these facilities either for training, weekly match play or both. 

“The rehabilitation of the facility will create a range of growth opportunities for the local community to participate in healthy and safe sporting activities”.

Construction works are anticipated to be completed by April 2019.

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RJ Rowley Reserve: (L – R) Mayor Payne with Shane McMahon (Secretary, Rye Football Netball Club), Jodie Stephens (Netball Manager, Rye Football Netball Club), Cr Fraser, Mick O'Rourke (President, Rye Football Netball Club) and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Project Manager Mitchell Heggen

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Red Hill Recreation Reserve: Cr Gill and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Project Manager Mitchell Hegge

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Crib Point Recreation Reserve: (L – R) Cr Roper with representatives from the Crib Point Football & Netball Club and Crib Point Junior Netball Jane Piotrowski and Laura Herrington