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Local netballers will enjoy better facilities, with the official opening of the Port Hedland Netball Pavilion at Faye Gladstone Netball Courts in South Hedland today.
In partnership with BHP, the Pilbara Development Commission, the Town of Port Hedland and Port Hedland Netball Association were delighted to celebrate the opening of the new pavilion.
Constructed by Emirge, the pavilion provides the Association’s 400 members with a much-needed upgrade of toilets and change room facilities; improved kiosk area; a match office and multi-purpose function room for meetings, training and development and events; and safer and more secure storage.
The Association has worked hard to bring the project to fruition for more than five years, and praised the support and vision of community partners to achieve an outstanding outcome.
BHP contributed $1.6million to the construction of the new facility, in addition to a $30,000 grant in 2013 to prepare a feasibility study and needs assessment for the redevelopment.
The Pilbara Development Commission contributed $170,000 towards the project, and the Town of Port Hedland, which owns Faye Gladstone Netball Courts and the new facility, contributed $50,000 and made a valuable in-kind contribution, project managing the redevelopment of the clubhouse.
A number of local businesses made in-kind contributions through the life of the project, including McMahon Services and Goodline.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners in this project,” said Association Vice President Lisa Lock.
“This is a true community development, driven by the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of local businesses and organisations.”
“To mark our 45th year – and the 40th anniversary of netball being played at Faye Gladstone Netball Courts – with the opening of this incredible new space is literally a dream come true,” Lisa said.
“This is a significant partnership project with investment from the Town of Port Hedland, BHP and the Pilbara Development Commission to build a new multi-purpose facility. The Port Hedland Netball Association has played a key leadership role in securing the commitments and funding for the project, and have demonstrated what can be achieved with collaboration with government and industry,” said Mayor Camilo Blanco.
“BHP is pleased to support a wide range of local community groups, including the Port Hedland Netball Association. The development of the new Port Hedland Netball Pavilion will have great benefits for the local sports community, and we are proud to have been on board since the beginning of the project,” said BHP Manager Pilbara Communities Chris Cottier.
“Sport is at the heart of connected regional communities and the new pavilion will be a valuable addition to Port Hedland’s growing network of high quality sport and recreation facilities. The Commission is pleased be support this project through the Regional Grants Scheme, which empowers organisations to create positive change for their community,” said Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill.
There have been knock-on benefits to a number of other local groups also, with Port Hedland Netball Association’s previous storage shed being donated to the South Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service right next door; and a sea container which was gifted to the Association by the Youth Involvement Council for use as temporary storage during construction being further donated to Hedland Little Athletics Association.