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Locals took matters into their own hands by erecting a basketball hoop on two different occasions at Morgan John Morgan Park in Glen Forrest.

Vigilante locals strike twice with illegal hoop

IT’s the people of Glen Forrest verses the Shire of Mundaring this week after local government workers were called out to the town’s park not once, but twice, to remove an illegally erected basketball hoop.

In a move that has created as much laughter for the community as it has frustration for the Shire, some anonymous stealthy locals have taken it upon themselves to erect a basketball hoop at Morgan John Morgan Park, known locally as the train park, in a show of contempt against a council decision not to put one there last year.

The move comes 12 months after a $5000 concrete slab was poured for the purposes of a basketball half court at the train park, only to be abandoned shortly after by the Shire when complaints were made that the noise would be impactful to nearby residents.

Instead, the Shire promised to erect a half court with hoop at the oval on Marnie Road but delays have meant that has yet to be built either.

The Glen Forrest Residents and Ratepayers Association (GFRRA) say the slow action is frustrating.

“It’s now been nearly two years since the GFRRA began consulting residents and lobbying the Shire for recreational facilities for our young people,” Sharon Hill said.

“The recent installation of two separate basketball hoops at the train park is a direct reflection of the frustration felt by residents, who feel that the needs of young people are not being met.”

Last weekend the GFRRA approached the Shire about a possible trial of a basketball hoop at the train park which Shire President James Martin said he would be happy to discuss further.

He went on to say that it was COVID impacts on the construction industry that had delayed the basketball court being built at the oval and that it will be ready for use by the end of the year.

“What we can confirm is that design work for the court is complete, earth works have been undertaken and a tender to undertake the concrete pour will close on Tuesday, August 2, with the court ready to be played on by summer,” he said.

But Glen Forrest residents say they are feeling unseen and unheard by the Shire which has also dragged its feet over plans to build a pump track in the town for older children.

“We have a mental health crisis in this country, with young people in desperate need of healthy ways to exercise, relieve stress, connect with friends and feel connected with their community,” GFRRA spokesperson Sharon Hill said.

“We want our young people to be seen and heard and be included as part of the community.”

By Rebecca Peppiatt

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