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Community input results in good outcome for local sports

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has announced that the new Basketball/Netball Court complex at Longfield Park Quirindi will be officially opened by State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, on Wednesday 31 March, at a ceremony that will be staged from 5pm, at the new complex.

“Community members are invited to attend, there will be a free BBQ provided by Council and the event will also include some demonstration games by local players. Members of the community wishing to attend need to register to meet COVID-safety requirements, and you can do so at,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.

“We are very grateful to Mr Johnsen for facilitating $415,000 funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities program towards the project as well as other contributions.

“The roll out of the LPS Recreational Strategy, which also includes the Milner Parade Tennis Courts, Longfield Oval and the Golland Fields, has seen this new complex brought to fruition as part of LPSC’s massive sport and recreation infrastructure investment program.

“All up, Council has successfully gained funding to the value of $3,117,950 to undertake the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects,” he continued. 

Councillor Hawkins has also extended his thanks to Quirindi Amateur Basketball Association, Quirindi Netball Association and other interested parties who recently attended an update meeting regarding the new basketball and netball courts.

“Community input always results in better outcomes. Through community consultation, a clear direction for their development and utilisation was to support active and socially connected lifestyles for the Liverpool Plains community. The Shire has many keen basketball and netball players, and these new courts will provide better facilities for them to enjoy their sport,” he said.

Councillor Hawkins said that the recent meeting of the interested parties was held to work out the nitty gritty of the complex’s operations.

A   Flood lights“All parties were shown how to operate the lights and it was determined that access to the toilet/kitchen building will be provided to the basketball/netball associations. The maintenance of the court surfaces was also discussed.

“A general consensus was reached that the courts should be open to the general public for use. Some concerns were raised that the courts being open throughout the night could lead to vandalism and a final determination on the way to proceed is now being considered. It is important people understand that it is a sporting complex and not a place to just hang out with mates unless they are playing or practicing. 

“The associations will work together to compile a requirement plan for both ongoing and specific use such as tournaments with the purpose of avoiding double bookings. The associations will be free to utilise the courts while they are open to the public however they will need to work in with any other members of the public utilising the courts. Once bookings and other requirements are settled an agreement will be drawn up between Council and the associations to cover court and building use,” he continued.

“The courts are now available for use. The posts are set up for 2 x courts for basketball and 1 x court for netball. This combination may change dependent on use demand,” he said.

“I look forward to this complex providing great opportunities for the Shire’s sportspeople for many years to come. Everyone’s cooperation in maintaining the integrity of the facilities will be appreciated. If you see anti-social behaviour taking place, please report it, it is a valuable community asset” Councillor Hawkins concluded.