Re­vamp plan fight heats up


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COM­MU­NITY groups that use Rooty Hill Leisure Cen­tre have signed an online pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the site’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

The pe­ti­tion was posted on Face­book by so­cial bas­ket­ball coach Er­wyn Bolina last Tues­day, and by Wed­nes­day it had more than 400 sig­na­tures.

The pe­ti­tion came af­ter a pro­posal to re­de­velop the leisure cen­tre into a new YMCA and turn May Cowpe Re­serve into three fields for Hockey NSW.

Fa­ther-of-four Or­lando “Bhoyet” Vista has played bas­ket­ball at the leisure cen­tre for 15 years and said if the YMCA’s pro­posal gets ap­proved, they will be left with­out nowhere to go.

“We’ve al­ready looked around – most places are fully booked,” Mr Vista said.

The YMCA’s pro­posal does not al­low for the so­cial bas­ket­ball groups to con­tinue, and other com­mu­nity groups are now afraid they will not be able to use the fa­cil­ity ei­ther.

Rose Acosta has been us­ing one of the leisure cen­tre’s courts three nights a week to run her Vig­gers Vol­ley­ball train­ing and has signed the Face­book pe­ti­tion.

“We regularly book vol­ley­ball on that court on Thurs­day, Satur­day and Sun­day,” Ms Acosta said.

“If they change it to hockey, we won’t be able to get the book­ings.”

Ms Acosta also uses the cen­tre to re­hearse with her dance group 3D Reborn.

Zumba in­struc­tor Rudi Yap said he was con­cerned that even if he kept his book­ing, the fee would be in­creased when the YMCA moved in. “I may not be able to use the venue or they may in­crease the rent,” Mr Yap said.

The pro­posal will be on public ex­hi­bi­tion un­til July 31.


Bhoyet Vista and sons Jarrel, 11, and La­trel, 13, will be sorry to see the Rooty Hill Leisure Cen­tre close.

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