State Netball Centre
The State Netball Centre provides a venue for state league netball competition, West Coast Fever training, development squads and community netball activities.
The centre includes four netball courts, nine competitors' change room facilities, spectator seating for 1050 people and associated amenities. The venue caters for multi-sport activities and includes universally accessible facilities. The offices of Netball WA are located within the venue.
The Premier announced in May 2010 that the State Netball Centre would be built at Matthews' Netball Centre in Wembley. The Town of Cambridge developed a master plan for the Wembley Sports Park and, consistent with this, the State Government delivered the State Netball Centre building, 300 car bays and the east-west road and roundabout providing access to and within the precinct.
Construction of the $26 million project commenced in July 2013 and is now complete. The Centre was officially opened on 28 March 2015.
Percent for Art Scheme
As part of the Government’s Percent for Art Scheme, artist Mark Datodi, was engaged to create a series of artworks for the State Netball Centre. Mark’s artwork “Step and Pass” consists of two works, one an abstracted super graphic inspired by the lines and panel shapes on the netball. The other is a series of different sized netballs that reflect the history and important events of netball in Australia, including the 1967 World Championships which was held on this the same site as the State Netball Centre.
The works are located on the eastern façade of the new centre. The super graphic, located high on the wall, is eye-catching in vibrant orange, guiding athletes and visitors to the new facility. The series of netballs below the canopy are placed at different heights reflecting the bounce and energy of the ball. The images of netballs are printed with text that reference the history of the game. The text captures significant historical events and information about how netball has changed over the last century. This work engages with the visitor as it is readily viewable and offers the reader snippets of information about the sport.
The State Netball Centre artwork is also supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage Program.