WOLLONGONG City Council have backed-down on a threat to slap residents of McCauley’s Beach Estate with fines for placing a basketball hoop in their street.
Greens Councillor Mithra Cox has slammed the decision by the Council to ban children playing basketball in their quiet street.
The hoop, in Kilncar Crescent, reportedly had been used by neighbourhood children for over five years without issue.
Residents in recent days have received warnings from Council to remove their communal basketball hoop or receive an on the spot fine of $330.
“Kids should be able to play on their street, instead of being stuck indoors on screens,” Cr Cox said.
“Banning kids playing is a joke. I want to live in a city were streets are safe and welcoming for children, and people of all ages.
“Just because one resident may have complained about the sound of kids playing is no reason for the fun police to start threatening fines.
“Our suburban back streets should not be thoroughfares for speeding cars – they are places where people live, and Council should be doing everything possible to make them friendly places for kids to play, ride bikes and walk.
“As a parent you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We all want kids to be outside playing but when you do someone whinges and then they are forced back indoors.”
Cr Cox said she raised the matter within Council and sought a reversal to allow children to continue to play on their street.
A Council spokesperson said in response to a community concern Council staff last month visited parts of the McCauley’s Beach Estate to discuss sporting equipment, which was on Council land without approval.
“Staff had met with a number of McCauley’s Beach residents at the time,” the spokesperson said.
“Where residents were not home, staff left a business card to let them know of the visit. Following up on the visit, Council sent a letter requesting residents to move the basketball hoops from Council-owned land.
“The matter has been reviewed and we’ve advised residents that there will be no immediate enforcement action undertaken.”
Subscribe to the latest Bulli & Clifton Times’ stories
PAYPAL TIP JAR
YOU can make a small donation towards the running of The Bulli & Clifton Times and/or the Looking Back websites through Paypal. If you would like to support my work, you can leave a small tip here of $2, or several small tips, just increase the amount as you like. Your generous patronage of my work and research, however small it appears to you, will greatly help me with my continuing costs
OR DONATE BY CREDIT CARD
Instead, you can make a small donation towards the publishing of The Bulli & Clifton Times and/or the Looking Back websites with your credit card. If you would like to support my work, you can leave a small donation here by tapping or clicking on the button below. Your generous patronage of my work and research, however small it appears to you, will greatly help me with my continuing costs.