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MEDIA RELEASE - Island Park repairs enter final stages

16 April 2018

Flood recovery efforts for Casterton’s Island Park are nearing completion, as repairs to the popular sporting precinct enter the final stages.

Resurfacing works on the netball and tennis courts are almost complete, with the final stages of works, including installation of fencing and lighting, set to occur in the coming weeks.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the repairs would ensure the future would remain bright for sport and recreation in Casterton.

“Casterton’s Island Park was one of the worst areas affected from the September floods, with over $1 million worth of damage to the sporting precinct and seven courts damaged in total,” she said.

“Fast forward to a little over 18 months later and the area is almost unrecognisable, with the facilities in place to ensure that Island Park is future proofed against further flooding.

“As a result, families and user groups of all ages will benefit from this significant investment into grassroots sports in Casterton.”
Cr Rank anticipated a wealth of new opportunities for the sporting precinct.

“Last year Casterton secured the Western Border Football Netball League grand final at Island Park, boosting the profile of the Casterton sporting community across the South Australian border,” she said.

“Once the repairs are fully completed in the coming weeks, the possibilities are endless, with state and national level sporting competitions on the agenda for the sporting precinct. It is an exciting time for all things sport and recreation in the Glenelg Shire.”

The netball and tennis court repairs follow a $660,000 redevelopment of the precinct’s tennis and netball clubrooms late last year.

The court repairs were supported with funding from the State Government as part of the Community Flood Recovery Program and are due to be opened for use by May 2018.

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