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‘Centre Pass’ for Timbertop

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Timbertop residents are getting fit, having fun and getting to know their neighbours thanks to the estate’s new netball team. The idea for the netball team came from a Timbertop resident who approached Community Development Officer Tammy Radford after taking part in a free yoga class hosted by estate developer, Parklea.

“The residents loved this opportunity to attend a yoga class within their estate and they loved meeting their neighbours,” Ms Radford explained.

“As a result, one of the residents asked if I would consider looking at putting together a mixed netball team.”

A Facebook shout out soon had enough interested players to register a team with the Pakenham Netball League.

The Timbertop Netball Team plays in a mixed competition on Wednesday nights at Cardinia Life.

“The great thing was that except for one married couple, not one single person knew each other, so again it was an opportunity for residents to meet, connect and make new friends,” Ms Radford said.

Timbertop resident Sally Groeneveld said she was enjoying playing netball again for the first time in 20 years.

“Thank you to Tammy and Parklea for supporting the initiative to form a Timbertop mixed netball team,” Sally said.

“For some of us it has been 20 years since playing and so far we are all having such a great time playing, forming new neighbourhood friendships and overall loving the workout.”

Parklea pays the team fees and weekly player fees, while building firm Orlara Homes has supplied the team polo shirts. 

General manager Brad Davidson said as a locally owned and operated company, Orlara Homes was keen to support community development.

“We employ local staff and think it’s important to support community events and sporting teams,” Mr Davidson said.

“We have been around for 43 years and we want to see the community thrive.”

Cardinia Life has also extended a charitable hand, offering to host a collection bin to support Parklea’s upcoming winter food drive.

No matter the score on the board, the Timbertop Netball Team has been a win for residents in more ways than one.