Maitland receives nearly $2 million in funding for community projects

GOAL: Netball NSW facilities and infrastructure manager Stephen Bourke, Maitland Netball association secretary Leearna Bennett, Maitland mayor Loretta Baker, Hunter parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald with, front, Maitland Netball Association president Kim Starkey at the courts.
GOAL: Netball NSW facilities and infrastructure manager Stephen Bourke, Maitland Netball association secretary Leearna Bennett, Maitland mayor Loretta Baker, Hunter parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald with, front, Maitland Netball Association president Kim Starkey at the courts.

MAITLAND Park netball courts has scored big in a state government announcement of nearly $2 million in funding for the local area. 

The popular courts will receive $827,592 for an long overdue upgrade, Maitland Netball Association president Kim Starkey said. 

“It’s been a project that we’ve been working toward to get our courts revitalised for about 18 months –  so very excited to receive the tick of approval and get started,” she said. 

“We are already the second largest association in the Hunter but Maitland has such a strong growth in its population that we need to be constantly preparing.

“With new courts, we will be a regional leader so we will look to host state championships in the future. It’s not only good for our local members but could bring economic benefit to the community.”

Hunter parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald announced $1.8 million in funding for six community projects on Monday, as part of the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

“This is round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund which will deliver a big sum for the Maitland LGA,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The largest part of that is Maitland Park netball courts will receive $827,592 for upgrading and refurbishing about a third of their courts.

“They will now be able to attract regional and even state competitions to Maitland which is great – because people will be staying here and buying in the area.”

Mayor Loretta Baker added the funding would help boost the visitor economy in the area.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have this announcement. This club has a massive following. It’s a significant sport in Maitland,” she said.

“We hope to attract all the big championships. There are 2000 people in this club and 200 teams – so they have a massive following.”

The council will also received funds for five other projects including:

  • Additional lighting at Croquet Courts – $168,475
  • Car park upgrade at Metford Recreation Reserve –  $348,592
  • Playground upgrades, installation of shade structures – $128, 800
  • Fencing at A&D Lawrence Oval, Thornton – $236,440
  • Upgrade of change rooms at Lochinvar Sports Complex – $93, 990