Two new netball courts and associated infrastructure will be officially opened at Jerilderie’s first home game for the 2017 Picola and District Football Netball League.
The Monash Park courts and infrastructure, valued at $304,000, will be opened by Member for Albury Greg Aplin this Saturday at 3.30pm.
Murrumbidgee Council Administrator Austin Evans said the new courts will encourage people of all ages to participate in sport, providing opportunity for a healthier lifestyle and social wellbeing.
‘‘This is a major project undertaken in collaboration with the NSW Government, Murrumbidgee Council, the Australian Government and the Jerilderie Netball Club,’’ he said.
‘‘I invite all members of the wider community to attend the official opening and help celebrate this wonderful community resource.’’
The deterioration of the courts at Monash Park Oval has been a problem over recent years and, as a result of the upgrade, the club will now be able to host the 2018 Picola League grand final.
Jerilderie Netball Club has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the project, which includes the removal and reconstruction of two new courts.
Additional shelter, seating and lighting for players, umpires and spectators was included as part of the upgrade.
Grant funding from the NSW Government and Murrumbidgee Council under the Community Infrastructure Fund, with additional funding provided by the Australian Government, has seen this extensive project completed.
The courts are an essential asset to the town and are used regularly not only by the Netball Club, but also by the two local primary schools.