Courts net $12.5m boost

Courts net $12.5m boost

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Players Milani Kemp and Charli Wells. Photograph – Richard Polden.

The Southern Districts Netball Association’s centre in Langford is about to undergo a $12.5million rebuild to create a new indoor facility with four courts and associated amenities.

It will include a 200-seat grandstand to accommodate the SDNA State team matches.

Gosnells Council contributed the major funds of $6million with the Federal Government contributing $5million and the State $1.5million.

Once finished the centre will become the permanent home of the association allowing it to meet the demand for local competition.

The new centre will mean players will not have to travel 45 minutes to Joondanah to meet their needs.

The council estimates up to 26 full time jobs will be created during construction with further jobs through community programs once completed.

A range of sports, in addition to netball, will be able to be played at the new facility.

In addition to the courts and grandstand, the facility will also include change-room facilities, a multipurpose room for functions and other uses, a kiosk and kitchen, and office space for the SDNA

Construction is expected to commence in mid- to late-2024, with completion anticipated in 2025.

“This facility will provide a clearer pathway from beginner’s sport to elite sport in the region, allowing more people to pursue the sport they love year-round,” Gosnells mayor Terresa Lynes said.

“Sports facilities such as the Langford Indoor Sports Centre are essential infrastructure for any community because they bring people together, making our community stronger and more active.”

Burt MP Matt Keogh said the new facility would be a game changer.

“For too long, talented athletes from our south-east have been missing out, forced to travel long distances to compete at the elite level,” he said.

“This new facility will enable elite competition, right here in our backyard.”