Netball courts offically opened

Council’s Administrator, Austin Evans, Member for Albury, Greg Aplin and Jerilderie Netball Club President, Tiffany Sutton at the official opening of the new netball courts.

 A $304,000 upgrade to the Jerilderie Netball Courts was officially unveiled by Member for Albury, Greg Aplin last weekend. The Monash Park netball courts and infrastructure represents collaboration between the NSW Government, Murrumbidgee Council Merger Infrastructure Funds, the Jerilderie Netball Club and the Federal Government.

 The opening took place following Jerilderie’s first home games for the 2017 Picola and District Football Netball League.

 Mr Aplin said the two new courts and associated infrastructure were an example of what can be achieved when “the community works together-just like an inspired sports team”.

“If you play team sport, give yourself a pat on the back. You are contributing to a healthier, happier Jerilderie region,” he said.

 “We have, here, an impressive and diverse facility. Yet what, in some ways, is just as impressive, is the list of organisations and individuals who made it happen. Together, everyone has raised a serious amount of money.”

 “This is a wonderful community resource - for the netball club junior and senior players, for the visiting teams and for the local primary schools,” Mr Aplin said.

“We all knew of the need.  The Jerilderie Netball Club has worked hard to raise funds.  It applied for grants but the project was just too large for most sports programs.

“It took the new Council to use the funds from the State Government’s Community Infrastructure Fund to make it possible.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts and support for the upgrade provided by Murrumbidgee Council and of course the persistence and dedication of Tiffany Sutton and her colleagues in the netball club.”

 More than 50 people attended the opening, including four Jerilderie Netball Club life members Zenda Purcell, Kellie Thomas, Melinda Rorato and Bobbie Furletti. 

Also present were supporters, Council staff, Local Representation Committee (LRC) members Ruth McRae, Gaila Smith and Faith Bryce, Jerilderie Football Club president, Sam Catena, Picola District Football Netball League President Denis Brooks, Operations Manager Shane Railton and Board Member Trish Wooden.

 Murrumbidgee Council Administrator Austin Evans congratulated everyone involved in the project.

“Community sports infrastructure such as this is vital for health and wellbeing and to build stronger communities,” he said.

 Following the official proceedings guests enjoyed afternoon tea provided by the Jerilderie Netball Club.