In May 2019 NBC approved for public exhibition the proposal to instal four (4) hard surface and lit netball courts and one half-basketball court, to be located next to the Yellow Brick Road, north of the skate park. Our discussions with the Peninsula Netball and Newport Netball groups showed the associations only asked for 2 netball courts and a possible ½ basketball court. The doubling of their request would have created a much larger footprint and replaced the present grass area with hard surfaces.
Following public submissions and discussions with the APA, Council has approved a compromise solution (left) for 3 netball courts (2 hard courts on the western side of Careel Creek & 1 grass court on the east) and one half basketball court next to the skate park.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as at April 2020 work was delayed; however in late May 2020 work commenced. APA was concerned the current mature shade trees along Careel Creek were to be pulled down and replaced by small bushes. APA held further discussions with NBC.
After these discussions, the Council has now planted native trees along the road edge on Barrenjoey Road opposite the fire station. The netball courts are now complete and being well-used by young people in Avalon.