Sport netball LVA | March 19, 2019

Bath calls for fast tracked funding for Yallourn North netball

Last week in state parliament Minister Symes was questioned on the Latrobe Valley Authority’s funding commitments for Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club’s (YYNFNC) netball facilities.

Minister Symes is responsible for the Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA).

The Nationals, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said the YYN netballers endure woeful playing and trainings conditions and deserved answers.

“When I first visited the facility in May 2018 to inspect the netball facilities I was shocked to see they lacked the most basic requirements,” said Ms Bath.

“From the moment I stepped out of my car it was clear the facility required an urgent upgrade.

The YYN netball playing surface is sinking and cracking.  Lighting for training is insufficient and players have no change room.  Equipment is stored in an old alco hut with no electricity.  Players warm up in a gravel car park amongst traffic and parked cars. 

There is no permanent toilet servicing the netball court.  Players utilise a port-a-loo hired for six months each year and use mobile phone torches as lighting.

“The club has been proactive speaking with a variety of government departments and organisations in an attempt to access funding and implement their much needed netball upgrades.  They have created a master plan. 

“The Nationals identified the YYNFNC netball upgrades as a regional priority and announced a funding commitment prior to the state election. 

“Latrobe City Council are supportive of the upgrade so I am calling on Minister Symes and LVA to be fast track funding for the project.

“The Yallourn North community are eagerly awaiting in anticipation for a positive outcome they deserve. 

“The Minister cannot ignore the urgent needs of the YYN netballers and it is difficult to comprehend how this project has been overlooked.”

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