Whitebridge’s Jack Stewart Courts set for multiple playing courts, upgraded parking spaces and evening lighting improvements

IMPROVEMENTS: The Jack Stewart Netball Courts, home to the Charlestown Netball Association competitions, are set for an upgrade by mid-2018, including parking and lights.The Charlestown Netball Association is welcoming upgrades to their facilities at the Jack Stewart Netball Courts, a project that will finish in mid-2018.

As well as a plan to extend and resurface the southern four courts, the Whitebridge courts are expected to see a new 40-space car park added near Bula Street, more acessible paths added to the existing car parks and improved amenities.

There will also be improved lighting for the four southern courts, which are expected to be resurfaced into six as part of the improvements.

Dianne Pascoe, president of theCharlestown association, said the assistance from the Lake MacquarieCouncil was very welcome, and would means there’s “a lot lesslamingtons that have to be sold” through the year.

“Their future plan gave the upgrades in Charlestown, and the predicted growth in the area means that we will need more courts and more amenities in the future,” Ms Pascoe said. “We’ve been fortunate to receive a grant from the state government over the new year. It’s amazing by the council.”

That improvement will be enacted after the end of the 2018 season,and will see Charlestown’s twenty bottom courts resurfaced and changed for a cost of $400,000.

“Players are going to get to play on a lot of new courts in the near future and we think that’s going to be great for the competition,” Ms Pascoe said.

“We’re looking forward to the new car-parking services, at the moment people park on hills and bits of dirt and that’s all going to be a proper car park so that will be welcomed by a lot of players and their families we think.

“It’s going to be amazing, will get cars off the street on a Saturday, especially when St Johns has the soccer on and there’s a big crush of cars trying to get to weekend sport.”

The upgrades also give the association a chance to welcome new players into their ranks, Ms Pascoe said.

“The proper lighting gives us a chance to expand further, and it means that we can get more teams into the competitions that we are currently running,” she said. “We can take in ten or twenty more teams for our big competitions in the future.”

Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the project was part of Council’s ongoing investment in sport facilities across Lake Macquarie City.

“It’s fantastic to see so many residents getting involved in netball and these improvement works will help meet that growing demand,” Mr Hain said.

The project is funded bySection 94 Development Contributions. Work on the netball courts is expected to be completed by March 2018, while the car park is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

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