Dear Mr Shorten… Please don’t forget about the children who want to play in your backyard…

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Dear Mr Shorten,

We are the players, families and organisers of basketball and netball in the electorate of Maribyrnong. 

Sadly, there are fewer of us than there should be as waiting lists are lengthening due to a lack of venues in which to play.  In spite of this, we represent a local community of over 5,000 players which continues to grow by over 10% every year.   

The young players pictured here will be able to tell you both of the joy they feel in being able to play and the disappointment they feel when their friends and family aren’t able to. 

Despite being involved in the team sports which are in the Top 3 for participation rates in our area (and for girls, the Top 2), basketballers and netballers see a paucity of facilities to support them.  

The lucky ones, successful in finding places in club intakes, travel long distances to play.   The unlucky ones face lengthy stints on waiting lists.  Sadly, we see many children and their families turning away when it all becomes “too hard”.  We despair for those with limited or no opportunity to play.

We need your help in providing financial support to the City of Moonee Valley’s plans to build a stadium in our local area.  

The plans would see the first indoor stadium able to host competition in our area and a huge increase in capacity for training and development play.  Both grass roots and elite programs would now be possible for the first time.  

The impact of the stadium will be felt for generations by a community who values the role of local sport in building healthy and connected lives.

So whilst you are leading an election campaign premised on delivering “A Fair Go for Australia”, please don’t forget about giving a fair go to those in your own backyard.

Yours faithfully,
The Basketball and Netball Families of the Maribyrnong Electorate