Netball Courts at Riverside

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Sport, and the action I seek is that a meeting be convened between representatives of Sport and Recreation Victoria, Moonee Valley City Council, the Essendon District Netball Association and Netball Victoria to discuss the upgrade of the netball courts at Riverside in Ascot Vale. For far too long netball has been treated as a second-class sport in our community. While it is commendable that many of the football sporting pavilions have been upgraded, the facility at Riverside has no change rooms or toilets and inadequate seating and shade for spectators, and the courts themselves are non-compliant.

The Essendon District Netball Association is a fantastic club, and our community is well-served by Richard Randall, who is the president of the association, as well as Amanda Basu, who works for Netball Victoria as general manager of government relations. Netball Victoria is fully supportive of the project proceeding as it will support local participation in this great sport. I also know that there is strong support amongst the councillors of Moonee Valley to examine how netball can be supported in our community, including the new deputy mayor of the City of Moonee Valley, Cr Samantha Byrne, and of course my wife, Cr Nicole Marshall. In conclusion, I think that a meeting to discuss these issues in more detail so that we can build better facilities would be most welcome.