SCONE'S netball community will celebrate the opening of their new netball courts tomorrow.
Local netballers will hit the newly reconstructed netball courts on Saturday, May 1, with the Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell will officially open the facility.
Organised by the Scone Netball Association, the opening comes just in time for the upcoming season, giving netballers access to four fully reconstructed courts.
The project was funded through the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (Round 3) with a grant of $250,000. With Council contributing $190,500 and Scone Netball Association $60,000 for a total project cost of $500,500.
Upper Hunter Shire mayor Maurice Collison said the courts will help attract new players to the sport, and will cement the continued growth and sustainability of netball within the Upper Hunter Shire.
The reconstruction has been completed as planned, meeting the requirements of modern design standards as outlined in the 2016 Netball Australia National Facilities Policy.
"This project will ensure local sportspeople have high quality community spaces to play in, it will bring further scope to hold larger competitions, attracting people to visit the region and it will bring people together, encouraging active lifestyles," Cr Collison said.
Work carried out included extensive sub-surface drainage and sub-grade improvements to ensure a minimum useful life of 30 years, full pavement reconstruction, new asphalt, acrylic court surfacing, line marking, and telescopic height adjustable poles.
The official opening will start at 11.30am, there will be a game prior at 10am and one after following the opening at 12pm.