Netballers happy with move plans

BLACKTOWN City Netball Association could have a new home as early as 2017.

A council report has recommended its relocation from International Peace Park to the former Schofields aerodrome site, which was supported at last week's policy meeting.

An amendment was made for progress reports to come back to the councillors every six months.

Blacktown Council has been working with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to plan for, and distribute, public open space within the Schofields precinct, currently known as Reserve 980.

The timing for development of the precinct will be determined by the current developer.

The netball association will need to fund the provision of any courts unable to be funded by Section 94 developer funds.

According to the report, the association will advocate for existing sealed courts and amenities at International Peace Park to be retained for netball purposes for school programs and as a training facility for clubs in the south-east area of the association.

Netball association president Sandra Marks welcomed the council report.

She said the move from Seven Hills to Schofields wouldn't be a problem for the association, which consists of 3000 players from 24 clubs.

The council will work with the association to make minor upgrades to ageing amenities at International Peace Park while they continue playing there.

"We outgrew International Peace Park five years ago," Ms Marks said. "Our members have been waiting for this for a very long time and I'm pleased the council is finally listening to us."

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