Burrumbuttock netball courts win state grant

BURRUMBUTTOCK’S netball players have had a small victory amid the regional funding gloom.

The NSW government yesterday pledged $60,000 for the resurfacing of the Burrumbuttock recreation reserve’s netball courts.

It came just as the federal government confirmed it wouldn’t be honouring any grants under round five of the Regional Development Australia Fund, under which Greater Hume Council had been counting on $93,000 for the netball courts upgrade.

Last month The Border Mail reported Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock Football and Netball Club’s dismay at missing out on the federal government funds.

After all, the netball courts were in such a state of disrepair the club could be forced to play all their games in Brocklesby next year.

Yesterday, recreation reserve president Darryl Jacob said it was good news.

“It falls short of what we would have liked but we will try and proceed anyway — we’ve got to, or we lose our netball.”

The club had requested $70,000 from the state government, but received $60,000 for a total project expected to cost $127,500.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, who met Mr Jacob last month to discuss alternative funding options to the federing fund welcomed the news.

“When the Brock-Burrum netballers’ plight was first raised, it became clear the outcome of this state funding application was the most realistic avenue for assistance,” Ms Ley said.

“I will now write to the club with other possible funding and grant options, so they can assess possible ways to make up the shortfall in dollars and get the job done.”

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the Burrumbuttock funding was one of 10 Community Building Partnerships grants for his electorate.

In Albury, the Murray Conservatorium won $30,000 to repair and repaint the historic facade; $35,000 goes to upgrade Mulwala Civic Centre; $44,000 to renovate Henty and District Lifestyle Centre; and $10,000 to replace the floor at the Albury Scout Hall.

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