Netball in Rochester is set for a massive boost in 2020 thanks to upgraded lighting made possible by a $100,000 contribution from the Andrews Labor Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today flicked the switch on the brighter lights, covering the reserve’s five netball courts, which includes competition lighting installed around the main court.
Netball is an integral part of the Rochester community, recognised by the Rochester Community Recreation Reserve, who have supported the development of the netball facilities.
The Rochester Tiger’s Football Netball Club, with over 145 years history behind it, are an integral part of the Rochester community and provide opportunities for players of all ages.
The Rochester Netball Association is a volunteer run organisation providing seasonal and tournament opportunities for the development and competition of players across the region, with over 80 members.
The courts have also hosted the Rochester Community Bank Invitational Tournament, which attracts over 500 participants from across the state.
A lack of lighting however was significantly restricting training and competition options at the reserve – with over-use creating a safety risk in low light.
The Labor Government has listened and delivered with 100 new lux lighting to the courts, extending playing time throughout the year and the new competition court with 200 lux lighting opening up the venue to district night games and other events.
More court time will allow the club and associations to meet demands, host more competitions and enable the introduction of more netball programs for more participants and increase public access to the courts.
The Country Football and Netball Program is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active. It’s a successful partnership with Netball Victoria, AFL Victoria and the AFL.
Across Victoria, the Labor Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.
The Government acknowledged the Campaspe Shire Council and the Rochester community for their contribution to the project.
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The upgraded court lighting is a game-changer for the Rochester community and these upgraded facilities are exactly what the club rightly deserve.”
“Sport is the lifeblood of communities like Rochester and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to play our part in delivering the best possible facilities for our next generation of champions.”
“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”