Mike Barnett Sports Complex basketball courts to net upgrades under Labor

Mike Barnett Sports Complex basketball courts to net upgrades under Labor

BASKETBALL courts at the Mike Barnett Sporting Complex will be resurfaced and a new electronic score board installed if Labor wins the State Election, Mark McGowan announced this week.

Mr McGowan said $373,000 would be allocated to the works from Labor’s Local Projects, Local Jobs fund.

“This funding will make a significant difference to the useability and safety of the flooring at the complex, which is currently multi-levelled, mismatched and in desperate need of resurfacing,” Mr McGowan said.

“Once resurfaced, the association will be able to host more domestic and Western Australian Basketball League games, and increase allocated training times at the facility.

“Hundreds of people play basketball here; it’s incredibly popular.”

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The project will provide sprung flooring throughout the whole facility.

Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association president Clive Higgins said the resurfaced courts would lead to fewer injuries and greater use of the facility.

“With the age of some of our players into their 50s, these courts are not good for old knees and ankles playing on surfaces which are like concrete,” Mr Higgins said.

He said demand for the courts had increased greatly since the association was first formed in 1971 when there were two teams, which has now increased to more than 170 teams.

The funding would comprise $352,000 for resurfacing of the courts and $21,000 for an electronic score board.