An Andrews Labor Government will grow the largest female participation sport in Victoria, building more than 60 new netball courts across Melbourne, Moreland, Yarra and Darebin Councils.
In the biggest expansion of the game in recent history, Labor’s $9.6 million plan, to deliver 64 new competition ready courts, will secure netball’s future in inner Melbourne for thousands of players, umpires, coaches and supporters and let many more join in who are missing out.
The State Netball Hockey Centre is at capacity in all peak netball periods. Waiting lists for all midweek and Saturday competitions have shrunk netball participation in inner Melbourne.
“Labor will proudly support the largest female participation sport in Australia and we’ll proudly assist the biggest netball expansion in recent history,”Mr Andrews said.
Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane noted that “we want more people playing netball in the future and to make this happen we simply need more courts.”
“Netball really matters to Victorian communities and we want to make sure we can provide people with more places to enjoy our game.”
– Netball participation rates in inner Melbourne fall well below the state wide average
– Across Darebin, Moreland and Yarra participation rates have fallen to 0.66 per cent, compared to 2.30 per cent in the rest of the state
– Based on projected population growth, at least 54 compliant courts are needed for Inner Melbourne by 2021
– Labor will partner with local councils and schools to expand netball throughout community