New courts for netball community
The courts and surrounds have been upgraded with support from Department of Sport and Recreation, Country Local Government Fund, Compass Group, BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Town of Port Hedland.
The new surface is a contemporary acrylic painted surface, which puts Faye Gladstone on a par with netball courts in the metropolitan area.
The provision of an even surface will hopefully reduce the risk of injury to players.
“The upgrade of the Faye Gladstone Netball Courts is a great step forward for the local netball community,” Mayor Kelly Howlett said.
“The Port Hedland Netball Association is an active sporting association in the community and their proactive approach has been a major reason why the project has ended with such a good result.
“With the new surface and lighting upgrade, the town will be able to host local and regional competitions.
“It would be great to see major netball events in Port Hedland using the Faye Gladstone Facilities as well as the three outdoor and one indoor courts at Wanangkura Stadium.”
She added the continuous upgrades of sporting facilities were a key priority for Council.
Last year, Council redeveloped Kevin Scott Oval to make it larger, and added new lighting suitable to both football and cricket.
This upgrade included the installation of a new cricket pitch transforming the oval into a multi- purpose active space.
The change rooms at Colin Matheson Oval will be renovated later this year to complement the high-quality playing facilities.
The Town worked closely with the Port Hedland Netball Association during the project to ensure the facility was suitable for current and future needs of local netball teams.