Youngsters’ hoop dreams now a reality

Keen basketballers Nathan Dray, Liam Arnold and Matthew Keedy.
Keen basketballers Nathan Dray, Liam Arnold and Matthew Keedy.

Mother and Darch resident Melissa Dray presented a deputation to councillors at the May council meeting requesting new facilities in Ashdale Gardens Estate.

Councillors decided to list $15,000 for consideration in the draft budget for the three-on-three court at Belvoir Park.

As the coach of the under 10 and under 12 basketball teams from Ashdale Primary School, Ms Dray started the petition to give the young students somewhere off school grounds to practise.

‘The idea of the three-on-three basketball court at a local park was so all the kids in the area have some facilities that are aimed at their age group,’ she said.

‘It’s very important because there’s nothing really in the suburb that caters for the 5 to 12 age group on the northern side of Kingsway road.’

Ms Dray gathered 84 signatures for the petition by starting a Facebook group and door knocking.

The council report also noted staff would be available to negotiate access to existing Education Department courts in the area.