EUROA’S NETBALLERS SHOOTING GOALS

Euroa’s netballers are celebrating with the official opening of a second court by Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes.

Ms Symes today formally opened the new court at the Euroa Memorial Oval Reserve, home of the Euroa Magpies Football Netball Club.

Construction of the court was made possible thanks to $100,000 funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Country Football Netball Program, a significant fundraising effort from the Euroa Football Netball Club and Strathbogie Shire Council.

The reserve previously had just one court, which made it tough scheduling practise and training sessions and games between the six teams in the club.

The new court features an all-weather acrylic surface, new lights, a new coaches box and an electronic scoreboard.

It means the Magpies can go from six to nine teams, and schedule more junior development sessions.

It will also improve access for students at Euroa Primary School and St John’s School who use the facility.

“This is a fantastic new facility for the Euroa community, that was driven by the club and strongly supported by myself and the Andrews Labor Government,” Ms Symes said.

“The netball committee studied the best netball courts in the State and their fundraising of more than $60,000 for this new facility was spectacular, they left no stone unturned, and set the benchmark for other clubs to follow.

“The Euroa Football Netball Club is the heart of the Euroa community and they deserve facilities which will allow them to grow further.

“I’m sure the netballers will be rapt with the new facilities once constructed as it will allow the Magpies to grow and netballers to train and play day or night.”

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist grassroots country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.

Projects can include infrastructure developments such as ground resurfacing, installation of lighting, building modern, safer netball courts and new pavilions with female-friendly change rooms.

Since Labor launched the program in 2005, it has invested more than $26.6 million to support more than 480 projects.