Three public tennis courts could be opened up to use by basketball and netball in a bid to alleviate Ku-ring-gai’s growing need for more sports facilities.
The Council currently has 69 public tennis courts and according to user hiring data, their use is either plateauing or dropping.
Conversely, basketball and netball are growing rapidly in popularity, with netball now comprising 18 clubs and more than 3600 players in the Ku-ring-gai area.
It’s a similar story with basketball, with the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Basketball Association the fourth largest basketball association in NSW with over 2500 player members. Currently, basketballers are lacking indoor or outdoor full size basketball courts in Ku-ring-gai and travel outside the local area to play and train.
The three tennis courts identified as suitable for multiple sporting use are the Kent Road courts at Turramurra; the Queen Elizabeth II courts in Bradfield Road Lindfield and The Glade tennis courts in Koora Avenue Wahroonga.
If the proposal goes ahead, the courts would be available for training with lights until 10pm daily. The court lights would only operate when they are in use, as is the case with all Council-owned tennis courts.
The Council has received a grant of $20,000 under the Commonwealth Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). The Council’s submission was selected alongside 10 other grant funding proposals by an independent Stronger Communities Programme selection committee made up of local individuals appointed by Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield. Further information about the SCP grants can be found at https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme
Local residents are being asked their views on the proposal, with a letter going out this week asking for feedback until 11 May.
Following the consultation period, a report will be prepared for the Council to make a final decision on whether the change to multi-use courts should go ahead.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that basketball and netball training could get underway at the three courts by the middle of the year.
“Our population is not only growing, it’s growing in the key age group of the under 30s. This is the optimum age at which people are engaged in sports and the Council must find creative ways of meeting their needs.”
The Mayor added that tennis would continue to be played at the three courts, with existing hirers given first preference for court time.
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