COALITION PLEDGE TO SUPPORT NETBALL IN NSW

Netball NSW today welcomed the Coalition’s pledge to provide $6 million to complete the construction of Netball Central and to support netball in the lead-up to the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney.

If elected, the Coalition will provide $3 million to support the completion of Netball NSW’s centre of excellence, Netball Central. This sum complements the existing $27 million contribution from the New South Wales Government and the $1.25 million funded by Netball NSW.

Netball Central will be the headquarters for Netball NSW including the NSW Swifts, house 6 state-of-the-art timber sprung floor courts including a netball “show court” with seating for approximately 800 people, meeting and function rooms, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and recovery facilities, and will home the Netball NSW Hall of Fame.

The pledge of $3 million to Netball NSW for Netball Central will meet the additional costs associated with the construction of the onsite storm water retention system, soil contamination works, construction of a shared forecourt with the neighbouring State Sports Centre and other works.

Netball NSW Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Campbell welcomed the news of this assistance, which will help deliver the NSW netball community a world-class facility.

“Netball NSW welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to supporting netball in the state of NSW and the sport as a whole,” said Campbell.

“Netball is the leading participation sport for females in NSW and it’s important our netball community has access to the best facilities possible.”

“During the construction phase of Netball Central, we encountered some unforeseeable challenges which have incurred addition costs. This assistance from the Coalition would cover these additional, yet necessary costs, and ensure we complete this state-of-the-art centre of excellence during 2014,” concluded Campbell.

In addition to this support for Netball Central, the Coalition will deliver $3 million to assist the preparations for the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, with games to be played at Allphones Arena, from 9 – 16 August 2015.

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott, joined by 2014 NSW Swifts’ Carla Dziwoki, Sharni Layton and Susan Pratley, made the announcement on Thursday morning at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

“Netball is a quiet leader of Australian sport,” Mr. Abbott said.

“It contributes to the sporting and social fabric of almost every community in the country. It’s a sport that strengthens communities, teaches teamwork and contributes to the health and confidence of its participants.”

Netball Central is funded by Communities NSW – Sport and Recreation. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of Communities NSW – Sport and Recreation.