Netball centre to be named for Warwick Twigg, Melling park to open

Councilors Col Price and then Mayor Steve Toms with MP Adam Marshall and former General Manager Hein Basson announce the park upgrade in March 2018.
Councilors Col Price and then Mayor Steve Toms with MP Adam Marshall and former General Manager Hein Basson announce the park upgrade in March 2018.

The new regional netball facility will be named after Glen Innes legend Warwick Twigg.

Mr Twigg, a teacher at Glen Innes Primary School for 38 years, has also served as a swimming coach, an umpire examiner and a key volunteer involved in netball.

In a council meeting on Thursday councilors agreed he was the best choice for the "great honour".

The facility, to be funded by two grants worth in total $5.4 million will be used by other sports like basketball, and also community health and fitness programs, but is intended to host netball teams from across the New England.

The trail, part of a park upgrade that cost the state taxpayer $516,000, will have a ribbon cutting on September 29.

An unnamed celebrity swimmer will officially open the path.

Council is also throwing a party for the occasion, featuring sports and outdoor toy activities, free giveaways for children and a rotary family bike ride for all ages..

The upgrade replaced non-compliant and dated playground equipment and added a kilometre long bike and walking track which connects the park to the Glen Innes CBD in the hope of getting people out of their cars.

It also added new lighting and security cameras.