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Council approves funding for Dales Park netball improvements

15 December 2016

Facilities for thousands of local netballers will be boosted as part of Council’s major upgrade works approved at Dales Park in Oakleigh South.

Improvements at the park will include upgraded netball facilities and new pavilion, formalised car parking, retention of the off-lead dog area, upgraded playground and new park infrastructure such as paths, exercise stations and a barbecue area.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said the project was part of Council’s ongoing investment in women’s sport facilities across the community.

“Each week almost 2000 netballers of all ages use these facilities for fun, exercise and competition representing 13 different clubs and 160 teams,” Cr Eden said.
“Kingston Council is proud to work in partnership with the Kingston and Districts Netball Association to ensure local women and girls have access to quality sporting facilities.”

Works are due to commence in July 2017 with the $2.12m stage one works including:

  • Re-alignment of the existing eight netball courts to a north-south orientation and re-sizing them to meet Netball Victoria standards.
  • Installation of training floodlights on all courts to allow for training in the darker winter months.
  • Five new spectator shelters at the netball courts.
  • Providing approximately 140 formal, paved vehicle spaces in the park – in the southern section of the park and south-western section adjacent to Warrigal Road. Vehicle access to the park will only be available via Washington Drive.

Cr Eden said the project would also enhance the open space areas at the park for the whole community to enjoy.

“There’ll still be plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors or exercise your four-legged friends at the dog-off lead area. And in coming stages Council will be adding a new playground, barbecue, exercise stations and more.”

The Dales Park Development Plan was adopted by Kingston Council in 2013 following significant community consultation with local residents, the Kingston Netball Association, member clubs and other park users.

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