WORK will soon begin on two new netball courts at Cooran. They will be positioned on the north-east corner of Chris Kenny Park.
Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said: "The Cooroora Netball Club is an extremely pro-active club, and one of the largest on the Sunshine Coast. The club draws from Cooran, Pomona, Cooroy, Federal and Boreen Point.
"It has over 90 young players, with the Under 12s team winning their grand final last weekend and two other teams finishing the season as grand final runners-up.
"With the construction of the courts, the club will be starting up social competitions for adults and girls during the summer. To date they have been forced to practice on an inadequate, rough concrete court jammed up beside the toilet block.
"The standards set by Queensland Netball identify a basic need of at least two courts for a club of this size. So finding the funding to proceed with this project was imperative.
"My predecessor, Cr Brennan, had thankfully set aside some funding to go towards the construction of the courts. It was just under two-thirds of the total amount required. I have now allocated the remaining funding so that the job can get the green light.
"The Cooran Netball Court project has suffered a five-year history of fits and starts. There have been problems finding the right place to put the courts, with one identified spot turning out to have threatened frogs living on it.
"Construction on the courts should begin this week with completion by the end of October.
"The courts will be built to Netball Australia standards. This will be a terrific community asset to be enjoyed for many years to come."
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