Maitland netball courts have never looked better following completion this week of a $1.35 million reconstruction of 17 courts in readiness for the new season which starts this weekend.
The upgrades were funded by a grant of $924,241 under the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, along with an additional $435,714 from Maitland Netball Association.
"It's fantastic that another recreational asset has been improved thanks to funding from the state government and the Maitland Netball Association," Mayor Loretta Baker said.
"The completion of the works is even more significant as it coincides with a huge milestone in our community's return to sport following the pandemic. I'm sure that local netballers will appreciate the upgrades that little bit more because they've been unable to play a game for some time."
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said the Stronger Country Communities Fund is delivering better community infrastructure and youth initiatives to people who live in our regional cities and towns.
"These refurbished courts will mean the world to local club members and their families who return to play every season for fitness, competition and to make new friends," Ms Cusack said.
"The new courts have less trip hazards, which make games safer and will help to attract higher profile regional competitions to the area, giving local business a boost.
"I congratulate Maitland City Council and Maitland Netball Association for their collaboration and commitment."
The work was carried out by local contractor Bolla Contracting Pty Ltd.