Up­graded sports court at Bid­will Re­serve ‘a god­send’

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

BAS­KET­BALLERS, soc­cer play­ers and fam­i­lies have ben­e­fited from a ma­jor up­grade to Bid­will Re­serve by Black­town Coun­cil.

The $130,000 mul­ti­pur­pose sports court, off King Square, is the most ob­vi­ous change, and lo­cals gath­ered with Mayor Stephen Bali and coun­cil­lors to cel­e­brate.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­fley Col­lege’s Meki Oli, the num­ber of peo­ple play­ing bas­ket­ball and other sports has in­creased since the re­serve was ren­o­vated. “There used to be one group play­ing bas­ket­ball, now there are 10 and I have more want­ing to take part,” Mr Oli said.

Unit­ing Church min­is­ter John Dacey said the at­mos­phere of the neigh­bour­hood had changed.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the way coun­cil worked with the com­mu­nity,” he said. “There has been a dif­fer­ence in the way the area is be­ing treated since all the im­prove­ment work was car­ried out.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mt Druitt Learn­ing Ground project man­ager Deb­bie Hig­gin­son the up­grade has in­creased lo­cal pride.

“Work­ing with coun­cil and hous­ing and achiev­ing a pos­i­tive out­come, that has been a god­send,” Ms Hig­gin­son said.

“I feel they will both now be more open to lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity and spend the money to boost morale and lessen the crime rate by help­ing build a bet­ter Bid­will.”

The com­mu­nity has ben­e­fited from a ma­jor up­grade to Bid­will Re­serve.

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