Netball facility a 'game changer' says parks peak body

Barnaby Joyce joins former general manager Hein Basson and Graham Price to announce the new netball facility.
Barnaby Joyce joins former general manager Hein Basson and Graham Price to announce the new netball facility.

The Glen Innes Severn council has won an award for strategic planning.

Parks and Leisure Australia, a peak body representing the parks sector, awarded the Glen Innes Severn council the strategic planning award in an event night last night in Canberra. It was awarded for the sporting facilities master plan, which includes the $5.5m new netball facility planned for West Avenue and Herbert Street.

The peak body argued the Glen Innes Sporting Facilities Review and Master Plans 2018 study has 'changed the game' for sporting clubs, other recreation groups, and the residents of Glen Innes Severn LGA.

"Following the fully collaborative and participatory planning process, $6.7M of government grants have been secured by Council since June 2018," they said.

The facility is funded almost exclusively by federal and state governments, and is expected to be open by July 2021.

The Glen Innes entry will now go to the national finals.