MP hears netball concerns and pledges support
NETBALL: David Littleproud has witnessed first hand the difficult situation thrust upon Stanthorpe netballers.
Despite the sport growing steadily in recent years, the club has no home of its own, forced to use high school facilities for weekend games.
With more than 130 registered players, the two courts are not enough Stanthorpe Netball Association secretary Karen Daveson said.
"It was good to have him out to see the members at the high school courts where we run Saturday netball,” she said.
"He got to meet with some players, their parents ... and see how many of us there are and the support we have.
"Then he did a quick visit to our non-existent courts up in Railway St.
"He wanted to (see) we do have nothing and the desperate need for funding.
"He was extremely receptive - all positive. He's hoping he can assist in us being successful in some of the grant applications.
"I do believe the main grant he would be recommending for us may not be available again until next year.
"He said he'd write a letter to the Sports Minister (Richard Colbeck) on our behalf,” Daveson said.
For two years SNA has had to operate on the goodwill of the high school, but knows the importance of getting its own facility if it wants to grow and be viable in the future.
"They're great courts but honestly it isn't enough space for us,” Daveson said.
The club was successful in getting a $10,000 grant from Southern Downs Regional Council in recent weeks.
"That's awesome but we need more. That won't even get us a court. We need to be successful in other grants.
"A couple hundred thousand would really get us going but $50,000 would get us one court.”