Sports court plan ‘es­sen­tial’

PLENTY OF COM­MU­NITY SUP­PORT FOR COUN­CIL CASH AP­PROVAL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

BID­WILL Re­serve could re­ceive a $130,000 mul­ti­pur­pose sports court if the pro­posal gets the nod at a Black­town Coun­cil meet­ing tonight.

The coun­cil had about $69,000 to re­de­velop the area, but will need to get the coun­cil to ap­prove a fur­ther $61,000 to cover the full cost.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would fol­low the model of the re­cently in­stalled mul­ti­pur­pose court at He­ber Park and would cater for dif­fer­ent sports, in­clud­ing vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball and soc­cer.

Ur­ban Neigh­bours of Hope team leader Jon Owen, who has cam­paigned for 10 years to im­prove sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the Bid­will area, said the de­ci­sion was long over­due.

“It’s won­der­ful to see that we’re get­ting lev­els of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the com­mu­nity mem­bers and lev­els of gov­ern­ment to be able to cre­ate a re­ally strong, healthy, proso­cial de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Owen said.

“The lo­cal com­mu­nity has had this in their heart for a long time.

“I have been here a decade and it’s al­ways been in the con­ver­sa­tion.

“This is not an op­tional ex­tra, it is es­sen­tial to de­velop the com­mu­nity.

“It’s a long-over­due step but it’s a healthy step.”

Coun­cil­lor Char­lie Lowles said he hoped the new park would re­ac­ti­vate the area.

“(The pur­pose) is to get the kids ac­tive and form some sort of pro­grams for the area – I think it’s a great step for­ward,” he said.

The newly re­formed Bid­will Res­i­dents Ac­tion Group will be throw­ing their sup­port be­hind the pro­posal tonight be­fore the coun­cil­lors cast their vote.

Cr Lowles said he would be “very sur­prised” if the coun­cil did not ap­prove the ex­tra fund­ing.

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