The Chinchilla Netball Association are excited about the new funding from WDRC towards three new outdoor courts.
The Chinchilla Netball Association are excited about the new funding from WDRC towards three new outdoor courts. Contributed

Netball courts approved at state school

CHINCHILLA Netball Inc is on a winning streak with Western Downs Regional Council announcing it will fund the development of three new outdoor courts at the Chinchilla State High School, giving its 289 members a permanent facility to host their junior and senior competitions.

Council's $514,000 funding announcement is the latest in an exciting year for both the Netball Inc and the school after the Queensland Department of Education and Training announced in March 2017 it will fund a new multi-purpose hall.

Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said the new all-weather netball courts will give the Chinchilla Netball Inc a permanent home.

"Netball is a huge part of our community in the Western Downs and we're proud to be supporting our teams in Chinchilla and across the region by funding these new purpose-built courts," he said.

"This is a great opportunity in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education to deliver a facility of great benefit not only to the Chinchilla community but the surrounding districts.

"It's... a great opportunity to host regional netball carnivals... and to further increase growth of the sport, especially youth sport participation across the Western Downs."

WDRC and the Queensland Department of Education and Training are currently in discussions to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of what is hoped to be a great sporting and recreational facility for the region.

Chinchilla Netball Inc vice president Kelly Statham said the approval of three new courts is a huge step forward for the Chinchilla netball community.

"The new courts will be a much-needed safety improvement for our players and umpires and will also mean increased capacity for games and spectators," she said.

"It is great to finally see the sporting needs of our local community being met with this new facility and we would love to see other community sports fixtures develop over time.

"We are thrilled to be able to contribute to a complex that will be of great benefit to our association, the school and the entire community. This is the kind of community partnership we should all be very proud of."


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