Bas­ket­ball hoop to score points with young­sters

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

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.

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