City supports Iluka’s retractable cricket nets

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They may have been denied the opportunity to play in the first grade final, due to COVID–19, but the Joondalup District Cricket Club is celebrating the installation of state-of-the-art practice nets at its Iluka grounds.

The City of Joondalup partnered with Cricket Australia to install the retractable nets at Iluka District Open Space, largely as a public safety measure, for a total cost of almost $80,000.

Club president Martin Hicks said the new nets were a remarkable feat of engineering.

“The polyethylene netting, stainless steel cabling and fittings, along with the galvanised posts are all marine grade, he said.

“The roof netting gives us great peace of mind because we are operating on public open space. The retractable system also gives us the flexibility to isolate and rotate the use of the turf practice wickets.

“The City has been a long-time supporter of the club since we relocated here from North Perth some 20 years ago.”

Funding for the project was shared between the Cricket Australia Infrastructure Fund, the City’s Park Assets Renewal Fund and the club.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City would collaborate wherever possible with major sporting bodies offering grassroot funding to modernise local amenities.

“The Joondalup District Cricket Club is a strong sporting body with more than 300 members supporting junior and senior cricket, right up to premier first grade level,” he said.