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$105,000 Grant Means Big Things For Local Sporting Club

Birdwood Netball Club

The Birdwood Netball Club has received a grant through the Community Development Grants Programme. 

Totaling $105,000 the grant, along with the clubs own fundraising and community support will be put towards new clubrooms and a storage shed. 

Currently, the closest toilets to the clubrooms are 300 meters away.

Players and visitors must use an old Besser block-style toilet facility which cannot be seen from the courts.

Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie says this is a major safety concern. 

“Birdwood Netball Club is one of these facilities and they have done a great deal of planning, fundraising and engagement with their members,” she said

"I have connected regularly with club officials and had many positive conversations with the Government about the infrastructure needs at the Birdwood Netball Club.”

Club President, Ben Walsh, says the upgrade will make a significant difference and means they could hold finals and womens football can be supported.

“It will mean that we will have somewhere indoors to train and have theory sessions with our 90 players and coaches if the weather is inclement,” he said.

“We will be able to hold proper meetings with volunteers indoors.

“It will also give our supporters somewhere to sit and watch over all sports played at the courts.”

Picture supplied by Rebekha Sharkie, pictured with Birdwood Netball Club officials Amanda Schapel, Ben Walsh and Shane Mudge