MONTHS of hard work have paid dividends when the ribbon was finally cut at the opening of the $426,000 female facilities at Penola’s McCorquindale Memorial Park.
The Penola Netball Club was awarded the grant last year under Round 3 of the State Government’s female facilities program.
The funding windfall provided the club with the opportunity to build a female-friendly area at the courts with changerooms, toilets, a baby change area, first aid room, disabled toilet, kitchen, viewing area and more.
McCorquindale Park management committee president Josie Abbey said the town was lucky to have secured the grant.
“This fantastic facility is something the community can be proud of,” Ms Abbey said.
“Without the users of McCorquindale Park this would not have been possible.
“This park is for the community and this facility now provides further opportunities for all sporting, agriculture and horticulture or any community groups to use with appropriate and modern amenities.”
Wattle Range Mayor Des Noll also spoke at the opening and congratulated all involved on the initiative, praising the town’s community spirit.
Donor representative and Beach Energy regional manager Jon Conti cut the ribbon alongside Mr Noll and local office for recreation and sport representative Tony Elletson.
With the facility now complete, it is expected to accommodate an influx of competitors and supporters in the coming weeks as Penola gears up for the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara football and netball grand final.
The new building is also expected to be used for a multitude of events held at the historical park including the Penola Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s annual show to be held in November this year.