Ballsy plan for beach

SOUTH FREMANTLE could be home to the next “Hoop Dreams”.

Fremantle city council is seeking public feedback on its plan to install a basketball court at South Beach reserve.

The mooted location is the grass between the dunes and the toilets near the kiosk.

Last year’s initial plan to build a court on Wilson Park, just across the rail line, dribbled away following criticism about a loss of turf and potential for noise from young people having a good time.

Local ward councillor Andew Sullivan says a temporary court at the end of South Beach car park was removed to free up parking for the 2011 ISAF world championships and never replaced.

“Originally we put in temporary hoops and bollards at the carpark to stop hoons screeching around there at night,” he says.

“The makeshift court took off and proved to be a great success with locals.

“Now we want to go back and put in a permanent court at the reserve.”

He says a court could be used for all sorts of ball sports including netball, volleyball and futsal.

Hoop Hopes, a Fremantle basketball group which organises ad-hoc games of street ball, reckons the idea’s a slam-dunk.

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