MORE than 80 teams from the Eastern Hills Netball Association played their first game of the season at the new Mundaring Arena on Saturday.
The $10.1million facility has indoor and outdoor hardcourts to cater for basketball, hockey, badminton, volleyball and indoor soccer.
Netball association president Fiona Malloch said the Arena opening coincided with the opening day of the netball and basketball seasons.
“We’re so pleased it’s open,” she said.
“It’s been worth the wait.”
She said players were extremely happy with the facility on Saturday, despite a delay to the Arena’s expected opening in February.
“It was a beautiful day and start to the season for outside players,” Ms Malloch said.
“It’s been six years of working with the shire to get it.
“We’ve been a part of the process with basketball and hockey associations, all working closely with the Shire.”
Four new indoor courts add to the facilities existing eight outdoor courts giving sports teams 12 courts in total and the ability to host indoor tournaments in wet weather.
Mundaring Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank pledged $100,000 towards the project, with local basketball, hockey and netball clubs giving between $10,000 and $30,000 each.
The State Government provided $3 million in funding, with the Shire funding the remainder.
At a Mundaring council meeting this week Shire president John Daw said the Arena was the largest capitol project undertaken in the Shire’s history.
“It’s fantastic to see this $10 million facility for use by our community,” he said.
“We are working with Department of Premier and Cabinet to get an official date for the opening soon.”
By Claire Ottaviano