Dr David Gillespie, Mayor Peta Pinson tour new netball and basketball courts in Laurieton

ON COURT: Mayor Peta Pinson, netball players Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog with Dr David Gillespie.
ON COURT: Mayor Peta Pinson, netball players Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog with Dr David Gillespie.

Camden Haven Netball Club players have given their tick of approval to recent upgrades at the Laurieton Sports Complex.

New multi-purpose courts constructed at Laurieton Sports Complex for netball and basketball were toured by players, Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie, Port Macquarie Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson and community members on October 13.

The Federal Government contributed $105,000 and council gave $115,000 to the project.

Netball players Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog.

Camden Haven Netball Club committee member Rebecca Hartog said the club initially began campaigning for hard courts around four years ago.

"It's great to have the courts for the kids and be able to train on them because we were training on the grass prior to this," she said.

"Even on warm days they would slip on the grass and it just wasn't fair on them.

"We play on hard courts each Saturday and now it's a level competition against the other Port Macquarie teams who train on the hard courts.

"The new courts are fantastic and if you drive by at any time of the day you will see them being utilised by kids playing basketball or netball.

"There's also potential for us to hold twilight competitions here using the new facilities."

TEAM EFFORT: Mayor Peta Pinson, netball players, Dr David Gillespie and community representatives.

TEAM EFFORT: Mayor Peta Pinson, netball players, Dr David Gillespie and community representatives.

Mayor Pinson said the project is important for the community's health and wellbeing.

"I'm delighted to see improved recreation and sporting facilities for our community members," she said.

"It's great to see the courts appear off the pages of a plan and this will be a wonderful place to connect for all the families living and moving to the region.

"It's a wonderful space just for kids to gather and shoot some hoops as well. It has had the support of the Camden Haven Sports and Recreation Management Committee and the Federal Government. It's a wonderful thing for the region."

Mayor Peta Pinson, netball players Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog with Dr David Gillespie.

Dr Gillespie said the Federal Coalition Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program was improving recreation facilities in regional centres to bring communities together.

"Residents around the Camden Haven are going to benefit from these upgrades to public facilities. Great to see local netballers here who are going to be able to use these all-weather courts now that sport is coming back and lockdowns are lifting," Dr Gillespie said on October 13.

FUTURE NETBALL STARS: Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog.

FUTURE NETBALL STARS: Chalece Morgan, Olivia McKechnie and Ava Hartog.