Basketball hoop to score points with youngsters
MT DRUITT Street University is in talks with Blacktown Council to install a permanent basketball hoop in Dawson Mall.
Senior program facilitator and youth worker Randy Glazer said young people are crying out for things to do in the area.
He pointed to the success of the Collab Movement Out- reach pilot project, which involves Street University putting a temporary hoop in the mall on Thursday afternoons.
“We see Dawson Mall as a bit of a hub of traffic for young people,” Mr Glazer said.
“It is having positive effects with young and older people and we’d like to see it become more permanent.”
Mr Glazer said plans to build a $1.6 million playground in the open space would be a waste of money if it only targets young children.
“It’s a huge waste of money and I don’t actually think it is going to do anything for the community,” Mr Glazer said.
“The largest section of the community using the mall are older and won’t make use of it.
“As much as it might bring in kids and families and change the mentality in the area, I don’t think it is the answer.”
He suggested the council speak to those who regularly use the area.