Ballina shoots for a stadium
TO give youth in Ballina the best chance to get into sports such as basketball, the town needs an indoor sports facility, which is why the Ballina Basketball Association is shooting for one.
Association president Eva Ramsey has announced that a proposal for a four-court indoor basketball stadium is being prepared to be presented to the Ballina Shire Council.
The estimated cost of $3.2 million was well worth it, she said, as it would be 'great for the whole community'.
"You want somewhere where kids can go and shoot a hoop," she said.
"But it can be used for indoor soccer, indoor netball, Futsal, lifeball (a modified version of netball designed for seniors), volleyball and gymnastics."
And she said the council-owned stadium could also become a venue for various expos, public meetings or trade shows.
But she said anything less than a four-court purpose-built facility wouldn't pay its own way.
The Ballina Basketball Association was formed about 15 years ago, and Eva said there was a time when the sport was particularly strong in the town.
But she said the sport was being held back now because of a lack of facilities.
The association is grateful for the use of the Southern Cross School K-12's court at East Ballina, but school functions mean the court is not always available, creating some problems when the association tries to host other teams.
Eva said a four-court facility would provide the local association with the opportunity of hosting regional or State championships, inter-high school competitions and National Basketball League pre-season games.
Meanwhile, the basketball competition has started in Ballina. There are Under-10, Under-12, Under-16 and senior teams.
For details, phone Eva Ramsey on 0428-874346.