Fourth indoor court on cards win for community

PBA general manager Dawn Burke at the Auburn Basketball Centre.

Story appeared in: Review | August 14th, 2017

A FOURTH indoor court will be built at the Wyatt Park basketball centre under the proposed terms of a new 20-year lease between the Parramatta Basketball Association (PBA) and Cumberland Council.
A report tabled at this month's council meeting noted that the proposed works aim to "upgrade the sport courts and extend their usable life and will not impact on surrounding park areas" and that the redevelopment of the courts will be paid for in part by a proposed new lease.
Under the existing 21 lease, which expires in December 2021, the PBA pay rent of approximately $11,100 per annum and are responsible for funding the fit out of the existing basketball courts.
The proposed new agreement includes a subsidised rent of $120,000 per annum based on development costs of $3.5 million.
Endorsing the new arrangement, PBA general manager Dawn Burke says they have been managing the centre for more than 30 years.
"With a bit of luck and good management, we'll be there for another 30 years and beyond," she said.
"We are happy to put our money where our mouth is, to ensure another court is added to the centre. We're a not-for-profit community centre and if we can't help the locals, who can?
"Kids have less home space to play in and at times need an indoor venue to keep out of the harsh Australian sun.
"We fitted out the whole centre, rebuilt the walls, put the best floors in Australia down for kids to play on and extended court three to a full sized court; we're happy to continue on and fit out the fourth court when it's built."
The proposed new lease arrangements will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days.

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 130283 | Viewcount: 21875