David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

New netball courts provide better sporting experience in Warwick

September 5, 2020

Netball players on the Southern Downs can now enjoy safer and more accessible facilities following the opening of four new netball courts for the Warwick and District Netball Association, Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.

The Australian Government contributed more than $318,000 under the Move it AUS Community Sport Infrastructure grant program to redevelop four hard courts at Barnes Park, to provide modern facilities for players and spectators, catering for all levels of ability.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the upgrades would enable greater community use of facilities and future-proof the courts.

“This is an important facility for the local community offering both junior and senior competitions,” Mr Littleproud said.

“These upgrades will enable the association to offer increased training and competition options, even giving them the capacity to host regional events.

“Storm water had damaged some of the courts and restricted some use, but structural work will make these facilities stand the test of the time so the community can continue using and enjoying them.”

The upgrades will cater for increased community demand including from local primary and secondary schools who hold up to 15 events per year, Saturday morning games and carnivals. Group fitness classes will also recommence at the site, offering more people the opportunity to take part in physical activity.

“Sport is the lifeblood of our regional communities in Maranoa, and this new top-notch facility will enhance community spirit and provide a space for the next generation of netballers to learn this great sport,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It just goes to show, just because you come from the bush doesn’t mean you can’t access top-notch facilities.”

The Australian Government’s $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program has funded more than 680 projects around the country to increase access to sporting opportunities. This program is not just about building better sporting facilities, it is about building stronger, healthier communities by promoting physical activity, social connection, and economic vitality.