Think of the health ben­e­fits

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - Richard Charlesworth Car­ring­ton Street, Ned­lands

In July, Ge­orge Yeoh wrote to the POST: “From a health per­spec­tive, the pro­posal by West­side Wolves Hockey Club to es­tab­lish a fa­cil­ity at Mt Clare­mont Oval ticks so many boxes, it is be­wil­der­ing that it does not have the back­ing of the com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­tra­tors to re­alise its es­tab­lish­ment.”

Dr Yeoh is a re­spected pub­lic health ad­vo­cate and med­i­cal re­searcher. I doubt you would find many in that field who would not see com­mu­nity sport­ing clubs as pro­vid­ing a pub­lic good.

This is not a greedy, prof­it­mo­ti­vated land de­vel­oper want­ing to put high-rise on the lo­cal park. The club is re­plete with lo­cal vol­un­teers who want to play sport in an area des­ig­nated for sport to be played.

They give up their pre­cious time so their kids and oth­ers will have an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, learn new skills and be­come co-op­er­at­ing, shar­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing adults and cit­i­zens. That’s what they stand for.

Ev­ery sport­ing ac­tiv­ity presently avail­able on that oval will have space to con­tinue and a new sport will be added.

Of course peo­ple are sen­si­tive to change, but this pro­posal is not an ex­is­ten­tial threat to the park or other users or res­i­dents; it is a pro­posal to use the area more ef­fi­ciently and in­crease sport­ing ac­tiv­ity.

At a time when the Aus­tralians have be­come the world cham­pi­ons of obe­sity, oh, how most com­mu­ni­ties would wel­come such a change for the good of their young peo­ple.

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