AFTER several delays, the new netball court at Great Western is complete, with only minor enhancements to be finalised before the start of the 2020 Mininera season.
Lengthy delays put a stop to construction of the court after the project funding was first announced in 2018.
In July 2018, $100,000 was committed by the state government as part of the Country Football Netball Program for the development of a multi-purpose netball and tennis court at Great Western, replacing the existing court which was deemed unsafe to use for competition after the 2018 season.
Northern Grampians Shire Council had scheduled work to finish by April 2019, in time for round one, but weather impacted the ability to put down the acrylic surface.
Great Western netball director Amy Hurley said the club was really "excited" for the project to be so close to completion.
"The scorer's shed and coaches boxes are yet to be installed," she said.
"But we're really looking forward to being able to showcase the new court at our first home game, in the second round.
"It will definitely have a positive impact on us during training nights with the availability of the extra court and space."
Hurley said the club had seen "fantastic" numbers in both junior and senior pre-season training.
"The new court will allow us to have players on the court training for longer periods of time," she said.
"It works both ways as well. We can have two lots of training running at the same time which helps our volunteers and the amount of time they are required."
Northern Grampians Shire councillor Jason Hosemans said Council were pleased with the outcome of the project, despite the delays.
"As far as I am aware the project has come in on budget, despite the delays," he said.
"This project certainly falls within the Council's wellbeing plan for residents.
"It's fantastic to have another facility within the Shire which can function at a high level. Obviously the old court was deemed to be unsatisfactory by Netball Victoria. To have one which is up to the latest standard allows an extra facility within the town."
Cr Hosemans said he was aware tennis players wanted to look at the logistics of using the court to complement ongoing and future competitions.
"Social tennis has started to grow in Great Western so the new court will be a great asset," he said.
"Great Western has always had an active community and projects like this help build a healthier and better community for the next generation.
"The town now has an asset at a premium level is a great promotional tool for the town as well."