SNEAK PEEK: This artist’s impression is the first look for Maranoa locals at the project which will build eight new netball courts at Bassett Park in Roma.
SNEAK PEEK: This artist’s impression is the first look for Maranoa locals at the project which will build eight new netball courts at Bassett Park in Roma. Contributed

First look at Roma’s new $1.2m netball complex

THE Maranoa has been given its first look at the new netball complex at Bassett Park, which is set to revolutionise the sport in the region.

The $1.27 million project has been essentially green-lit by the State Government, who added $850,000 to the Maranoa Regional Council’s $425,000 contribution.

The eight new courts, as well as four team shelters, change rooms, amenities, lighting, clubhouse and car parking, form part of MRC’s Bassett Park Master Plan that was introduced in 2013.

Councillor Peter Flynn, whose portfolios includes on sport and recreation, said the state-of-the-art netball complex would grow the game in the Maranoa.

“This much-anticipated upgrade has been in the works for some time and was developed as a part of council’s Bassett Park Master Plan in 2013,” he said.

“The overall plan is dependent on external funding, so it is exciting to see this particular project get under way.

“A high quality and modern facility for our youngsters to stay active, the complex is set to become a community asset hosting many activities as well as attracting events to the region.

“Attracting the likes of state, regional and Masters Games competitions for netball to the Maranoa will not only support the region’s current netball players but will also encourage future players to get involved.”

The project will be the first in a series of planned upgrades and new developments at Bassett Park, enabling the facility to grow as the region’s number one sporting facility.

Speaking last week about his government’s contribution, treasurer and Sport Minister Curtis Pitt said the funding would help to promote grassroots sport in Roma and the Maranoa.

“These are exciting projects that I know will deliver much-needed infrastructure improvements and even new infrastructure to create more sport and recreation opportunities for locals,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our goal is to ensure more Queenslanders are getting outdoors, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“There is also the added benefit of stimulating local employment opportunities by investing in projects of this scale, which is particularly welcome news in regional and rural Queensland.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with clubs, organisations, local councils and government to help improve facilities for members and the local community.”


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