Kings Park is finally on its way to having a second netball court.
Asphalt was laid last week and the court will reportedly be available for training and warm-up purposes within the next two to three weeks. But this will depend on the weather and when the goal posts and court lines are installed.
Preparation is also under way for the installation of netball court lights, which are expected to be operating by mid-July.
And in more good news for the 17 teams from five different user groups who play netball at Kings Park, the new netball change rooms are nearing completion.
Mitchell Shire Council has indicated it will organise a walk-through with user groups and the Committee of Management once the building certificate has been obtained, with the aim being for the change rooms to be available in the next two to three weeks.
Seymour Football Netball Club president Craig Velt said he was rapt the two works are progressing well and joked it would be ‘‘strange’’ to no longer see bags lining the side of the court on game day.
‘‘It’s just perfect because we’re hosting a final this year, so we’ll be able to have that spare court for people to warm up on, rather than the car park or the grass areas,’’ he said.
‘‘The girls will have top-class facilities they’ve never had before — so it’s bringing it up to the same level as the boys, or even better.’’
SFNC netball co-ordinator Nicole Morgan said despite the fact the new court would not be ready for competition until next season, it would immediately ease the ‘‘logistical nightmare’’ of organising 17 teams to train and play on the one space.
‘‘It’s always been hard to manipulate who’s going to be training that night — you have to work with everyone else to figure out when you can train,’’ she said.
‘‘At the moment we use the Mitchell Leisure Centre’s indoor stadium, because there are too many teams to cope with everyone. We have got the most beautiful park and turf, but our facilities are just not up to scratch.
‘‘But moving forward, they’re going to be much better ... and we’ve waited a long time. So once it’s done it will be magnificent and we’ll be very happy.’’
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the second court and new change rooms would further enhance the reputation of Kings Park in the region while also providing a much-needed boost for female sport and netball in Seymour.
‘‘I would like to sincerely thank all the Kings Park user groups and the Committee of Management for their support of these projects and for their co-operation while these works have been undertaken,’’ Cr Sanderson said.