|17 November 2016
Council will continue to work with local basketball associations to ensure appropriate equipment is installed at the Queenstown Sports Stadium.
This follows clarification by General Manager Dirk Dowling at the November Council meeting of previous consultation after previous backboards and rings were removed due to safety risks. Following installation of new backboards and rings concerns have been raised regarding their ability to meet standards required for visiting basketball teams to play at the stadium.
“We have communicated with both senior and junior associations throughout the process of removal and installing the backboards and rings,” Mr. Dowling advised. “Whilst engineered drawings of the new equipment were made available to the associations prior to purchase, both Council and the associations could have communicated better with regards to the standard of equipment required.”
Council is now working to develop a solution which will see the new equipment, supplied by leading sports equipment company Acromat and complying with the Australian Basketball Federation and FIBA requirements, upgraded to ensure higher levels of basketball games are able to be played on the West Coast. The shot clock will also be relocated as part of the works at the stadium.
At the meeting Councillors also approved an alteration to the budget to allow the purchase of a new telephone system, with the current system being discontinued in December. An additional $35,000 will now be included in the current capital expenditure program for 2016-2017 which will ensure Council can continue to provide modern, professional and high quality services to the West Coast community and other stakeholders.
Other matters discussed by Council at the November meeting included:
- Approval of alterations to the 2016-2017 Fees and Charges to reflect the swimming pool restructure
- Approval of $400 Financial and In-Kind Assistance to Mountain Heights School for their annual fair
- Approval of the repeal of ten Council policies following a review by staff of the Policy Register