The Apollo Bay Football and Netball Club says the Federal Government urgently needs to deliver promised funding to redevelop dangerous netball courts and fix faulty football lighting before next season.
The government promised almost $500,000 for the project during the May federal election campaign and the club’s committee spent months climbing a mountain of funding paperwork before learning in July they were ninth in a queue of similar projects all awaiting payment.
Apollo Bay Football Netball Club committee member Sally Cannon said the club desperately needed at least partial funding soon so it could get to work on fixing its netball courts, which were hazardous in dry conditions and punishing in the wet.
“We’re really frustrated by how long this is taking,” Ms Cannon said.
“I’ve spoken to the Department of Infrastructure, I’ve spoken with the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, I’ve spoken with (former Corangamite MP) Sarah Henderson.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s office told me about three weeks ago that we would know in two weeks. Nothing.”
“Can we at least get some of the funding so we can get to work on the netball courts before Christmas, working behind the scenes are all these volunteers and that’s their busiest time of year as well.”
The race to improve the courts is also on before AFL Barwon rules against using the courts for safety reasons, leaving the club without a backup.
“Never mind what the league is telling us, as a parent, I don’t want my daughter playing on it,” Ms Cannon said.
Meanwhile, the club’s reserves football side trained under car headlights on Thursday night, before emerging as Colac district football premiers two days later.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.