Mandurah Netball Association thanks parents for patience as club deals with slippery court and parking issues

Parents have complained about the slippery surface of the new netball courts.
Parents have complained about the slippery surface of the new netball courts.

MANDURAH Netball Association president Joanne Fitzpatrick has thanked parents for their patience as the club deals with issues such as slippery court surfaces and a lack of parking.

There are new surfaces at the Thomson Street courts and several parents have complained about the dangerous, soapy surface when wet.

Ms Fitzpatrick forwarded on the complaints to City of Mandurah; the contractor who applied the surface advised soap was applied to strengthen the finish and make the court surface last longer.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the courts would not be so slippery after about four or five rainy periods.

“Over the next few weeks, until the courts are no longer producing the soapy film, games will be stopped during rain and until the courts are dry and the surface is safe to play on,” she said.

Ms Fitzpatrick said she did not see how City of Mandurah could help and some parents had volunteered to squeegee the courts.

“It is getting better,” she said.

“We don’t want the courts to get damaged and void the warrantee.”

With 50 to 100 new members this season, and the closure of the Mandurah Forum northern car park, parking has also become an issue.

“It’s dreadful,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“Sometimes our volunteers go out for ice and when they get back they can’t find parking nearby; they have to walk for miles lugging ice.

“We might need to get witch’s hats to reserve parking bays.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said the number of four-wheel-drive vehicles made it difficult to see when reversing out on Thomson Street.

“We may ask 4WD owners to reverse park,” she said.

Ms Fitzpatrick said another concern was cars parking either side Thomson Street near the bottom car park (near the tennis courts).

“It worries me because there is a bend and a hill obscuring the view of vehicles coming out of the car park,” she said.