IT WAS game on in more ways than one at Spring Creek Recreation Reserve at the weekend, with the opening of a new $722,000 netball pavilion coinciding with the first game of the season.
Players, umpires and supporters from opposing sides Torquay and Geelong Amateur gave the new facility a big tick during its first real test.
The pavilion features two player change rooms, umpire change rooms, wheelchair accessible toilet amenities, a canteen with kitchen facilities, first aid room, storage area and undercover shelter.
“The new pavilion provides a safe, functional facility that offers players, officials and spectators a more enjoyable playing and viewing experience overall,” Surf Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge said.
“It is expected to result in increased membership and profitability for the club, and to enhance community use.”
The council provided $372,000 towards construction costs, the federal government provided $200,000 through its Community Development Grants Program, and the Victorian Government provided $100,000 through its Female Friendly Facilities program
“This is a fabulous outcome for local netball players and fans across the region. I’d like to thank the federal and state Government for helping to make the pavilion a reality,” Cr Hodge said.
Ms Henderson said the new clubroom would also provide facilities for other community activities.
“I particularly want to congratulate the Torquay Tigers Netball Club, which raised around $55,000 to help fund the new pavilion. This is an extraordinary community effort.”