New multi-purpose netball/basketball courts for Haberfield

Three new multi-purpose netball/basketball courts will be built at Richard Murden Reserve in Haberfield to meet the growing need for training and recreational spaces in the local area, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne announced today.

“There is a severe shortage of netball courts in our area and we can’t go on underinvesting in the highest participation sport for women and girls,” Mayor Byrne said.

“The multi-purpose courts will be designed so as to easily switch use, without requiring Council assistance. In this way, we can provide both much needed training facilities for netball players of all ages in our community, and meet the needs of the many casual local basketball users,” Mayor Byrne said.

Sports training lighting will also be installed, and new public toilets be built nearby.

“According to the Australian Sports Commission’s latest AusPlay research, netball is the most popular team sport for girls.

“And we have a growing need for high-quality training spaces in the area.

“The new courts are part of Council’s commitment to create a healthier inner west and ensure girls and women of all ages are encouraged to participate in sport.”

Mayor Byrne said the plan to provide new courts had the overwhelming support of the community.

Council surveyed the local community and received over 70 per cent support for the proposal.

A traffic survey was also conducted by Council which found there would be minimal impact on local residents in terms of car parking from evening training. New road line marking will provide an extra 30 car spaces.

At last night’s meeting, Council requested a report be brought back to Council with measures to address usage of the courts after 9pm, including signage. The report will also review the parking and traffic conditions after six months.

The former Leichhardt Council had fully funded the program, but it was shelved during the period of forced council amalgamations.

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Page last updated: 20 Nov 2018