Bayside netball funding boost

Local netballers are one step closer to new courts. (Mark Heenan Media) 180867

Bayside netballers are closer to stepping on court at a new netball centre following a $4.7 million federal funding boost.

Mayor Michael Heffernan welcomed the announcement following a strong campaign the council, Sandringham District Netball Association and Netball Victoria to attract funding support.

Cr Heffernan said building better netball facilities was an important issue for Bayside, with many players currently missing out due to an inadequate number of courts across the municipality.

“We now need the state government to commit to providing the final piece of funding,” he said.

Council’s 2018/19 Budget includes an $11.3 million commitment to build Stage 1 of the Bayside Netball Centre in Wangara Road, Sandringham.

It will include 12 outdoor courts and associated amenities, car parking and landscaping.

It is the largest single investment in sporting infrastructure by the council.

To achieve Stage 2, which includes two indoor courts and an additional three outdoor courts, $9 million is needed from other levels of government.