Netball on its way to Yarra Bend

Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Local sporting clubs will soon enjoy brand new facilities and a new home for netball at Yarra Bend Park, with works underway on eight netball courts and a shared-use pavilion at Fairlea Reserve, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government's Opportunities in Victorian Parks initiative. 


The $8 million investment in the project from the Victorian Government is a game changer and will see an under-utilised section of Fairlea Reserve activated with eight netball courts with 200 lux competition lighting, a new pavilion for sports clubs in the reserve and other improvements including bike racks, landscaping, pathways and increased parking capacity.


With over 30 additional hours of court time the new courts will be able to service over 200 netball teams, district netball clubs and schools and allow even more netball enthusiasts to sign up, as well as provide a significant boost to the local competition and community by building municipal, district and regional pathways.

The courts will be available for school and public use outside training and competition hours, with one of the courts also line-marked for basketball and netball.

The new shared-use pavilion located between the netball courts and the Fairlea West Oval will support local netball, fly fishers, football and cricket teams with modern facilities including meeting rooms and gender appropriate change rooms.

Being delivered by Parks Victoria, the project’s construction phase is also expected to employ upwards of 60 people, based in trades, contractors and consultants, with the project expected to be completed in mid-2022.

Through this investment and the popular Inner City Netball Program, the Victorian Government is delivering over 64 competition-ready netball courts in inner city areas like Yarra which has already benefitted with 12 new courts delivered at Ryan’s Reserve, Richmond High School, Richmond West Primary School and Melbourne Girls College. 

Since 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure.

For more information about this project, visit Parks Victoria's Projects page.

For more information about the Inner City Netball Program, visit Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Artist impression image of eight netball courts, pavilion and landscaping

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