Town of Cambridge supports Perth Netball Association’s bid for funding

Perth Netball Association executive officer Troy Starcevich. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d487212a
Perth Netball Association executive officer Troy Starcevich. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d487212a

THE Town of Cambridge has supported Perth Netball Association’s (PNA) bid for funding for more floodlights and new hard courts at Matthews Netball Centre.

The Town voted unanimously on Tuesday night to contribute $417,000 towards converting 11 grass courts to eight hard courts and installing floodlighting on 12 courts, subject to the success of the association’s application for a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grant.

The CSRFF funding would cover one third of the cost, with the rest to be split between PNA and the Town,

PNA executive officer Troy Starcevich said the association had been working towards implementing these improvements for quite some time.

In August 2017, Cambridge deferred supporting PNA’s application to increase lighting at Matthews.

Mr Starcevich said since the Town’s approval, he felt like the ball was finally rolling.

“We are confident it will be approved,” he said.

“There is a demand for more members with training space and to expand our winter competition on Friday nights, away from the traditional Saturday so these improvements would to help a lot.”

Extra flood lights and conversion of hard courts would allow the PNA, which has more than 6500 members, to further grow.

“This funding would mean we could accommodate our members better, those who need more space for training, to run more competitions on Friday evenings and alleviate some of the congestion we have on Saturday morning,” he said.

“We had to place restrictions on numbers since 2015 season because the main limiting factors include court space and congestion with traffic.”

The application will now be forwarded to Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for final approval.