$500k game changer

From left, Cr Brett Owen, Gembrook Cockatoo Football Netball Club former coach Mickey U-Ren, Cr Leticia Wilmot and mayor Jeff Springfield. 209210_03

The existing netball courts at Gembrook Recreation Reserve have been completely replaced with professional and competition level acrylic surfacing, in time for the next season.

Through its Capital Works Program, Cardinia Shire Council spent $505,000 on the overall project, which will benefit the whole community.

Gembrook Cockatoo Football Netball Club former netball coach Mickey U’Ren said she is thrilled about the new bright blue courts.

“I think it’s going to bring more people to the club, more players, and give that boost to the club that I think we’ve needed over this time,” she said.

“Hopefully it brings some local players back as well.”

Not only has the club received two new courts, but new lighting, shelters and fencing has also been installed.

Cockatoo Football Netball Club vice president Marcus Adams is hoping the new courts, as well as the $2.5 million pavilion which is currently being constructed, will help boost participation in the area and attract new members.

“I think it will attract a number of people and players back to Gembrook,” Mr Adams added.

“It’s just terrific for the community.”