Sports court plan ‘essential’
PLENTY OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR COUNCIL CASH APPROVAL
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.