Million-dollar makeover for courts
THEY shoot, they score!
The girls who grace Tweed’s Arkinstall Park have scored a massive a coup – their netball courts are to receive a million-dollar revamp.
The plan – delivered in partnership with NSW Sport and recreation – caters for the community’s regional sporting requirements until at least 2022, and Tweed Netball Association president Joanne Watters has welcomed the Tweed Shire Council’s strategy.
Watters believes the decision will give a great boost to what is already one of the region’s most popular female sports.
“We are delighted that grassroots netball will receive a boost with the commencement of work on the regional sporting facility at Arkinstall Park,” she said. “The upgrade will be attractive to both Netball Northern NSW and Netball Queensland, and allow us to host a state event from either side of the border.”
Resurfaced hardcourts, brighter lighting, an upgraded carpark, improved facilities and maintenance, and even community infrastructure including barbecues, shelters, seats and a new playground, are all on the cards for stage one.
Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase said that nearly $2.5 million of developer-contributed funds would be used for the first stage upgrades.
“The initial $2.5 and the $42 million total is a substantial investment by Tweed Council and the Tweed’s sporting community,” he said.
“Netball has the largest female membership in the state, and we are delighted to be able to meet the demands of a growing community.”
Long-term plans include an indoor sports stadium, and a sports field with grandstand and amenities which could also benefit the Tweed Heads Kangaroos Soccer Club.