Coalition pledges $10million for new ‘Home of Netball’

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Netball in Queensland has been offered a boost thanks to a $10million pledge declared by the Coalition this morning.

Minister for Women and Employment, the Hon. Michaelia Cash joined Australian Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds’ captain Laura Geitz for the announcement at the Western Districts Netball Association in Graceville, Queensland.

The Turnbull Government’s election commitment will complete the delivery of a true home for netball in Queensland by funding a new show court and integrated elite training facility, as well as air-conditioning to help athletes handle the state’s notorious heat.

Once completed it is expected the centre will feature eight indoor hard courts, player changing facilities and administration offices for Netball Queensland.

“The Turnbull Coalition Government has listened to the local community and I am pleased to deliver this worthwhile project,” LNP candidate for Moreton, Nic Mansour, said.

“There is a massive demand for more sporting facilities in our community and this commitment means greater opportunities for local girls and women to participate in sport closer to home.”

Netball Australia and Netball Queensland welcome the commitment which will help further enable the support and empowerment of women through the game of netball.

“We are pleased the Turnbull Government has pledged these resources to ensure netball has a full, turn-key home in Queensland,” Chair of Netball Australia Anne-Marie Corboy said.

“This facility will be dedicated to servicing the needs of netball from a community level, right through Queensland’s player pathways to the elite game.”

With 54,000 members in Queensland and 1.2million participants nation-wide, netball continues to be the number one sport for women and girls.