First shot taken at new netball facility

Long serving Alice Springs netball administrator Pat Gallagher has today taken the first shot at goal at the new Alice Springs netball courts named in her honour.

The courts are part of the world-class Alice Springs Netball Centre which consists of four new, fully sprung courts in an enclosed stadium.

While the Alice Springs Netball Centre will be officially opened in the coming months, the courts are now ready to be used for the 30th Anniversary Alice Springs Masters Games.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the netball centre would provide a solid base for the popular sport.

“It was a great moment to be able to pass the ball to Pat Gallagher today and see her shoot the very first shot at this wonderful new facility,” Ms Moss said.

“Netball has the highest participation rate of any sport in Alice Springs and to be able to provide athletes and their families with a state-of-the-art netball centre is very special.

“With the extreme temperatures that Alice Springs experiences, the new facility will keep athletes cooler in the summer and warmer in those cold winter months.

“I’m very proud to see the first shot taken today, I commend the previous government for their vision and I’m sure the Alice Springs Masters Games participants will enjoy playing on these fantastic new courts next week.”

While also being a great addition to the Alice Springs Masters Games, the new courts will have wide spread advantages at a grass roots level.

“The new courts are a significant step forward for netball in Central Australia and will facilitate further growth of the sport locally, enabling competitions to be run at a higher standard of professionalism,” Ms Moss said.

Centralian players who are selected for Territory and interstate competitions will be able to play and train at a high standard facility at home in Alice Springs that is comparable to those they play on interstate.” The facility was jointly funded by NT Government ($4.25M), Alice Springs Town Council ($1.5M) and local businessman Tony Smith of NT Link Transportable Buildings contributing $500,000.

Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan said the new netball centre was a fantastic addition to the Central Australian sporting landscape. 

“Alice Springs Town Council has fully supported the Northern Territory Government commitment to this new sporting facility,” Mr Ryan said.

The Alice Springs Masters Games begin October 8.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017