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Council must urgently fix the nets it bulldozed at the start of the cricket season

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Our problem

Without notice to local clubs, Canterbury Bankstown Council demolished the cricket nets at Beaman Park in mid-November - just 2 months into the season.

This is disastrous for cricket, which is growing in our area. Cricket facilities are limited and Beaman nets are heavily used by girls, boys and adult players.

We are extremely disappointed no-one at Council spoke to local clubs in advance in the assessment of the nets, the timing of the work or design of new nets.

Solution: We call on the Mayor and Councillors of Canterbury Bankstown Council to work with local sporting clubs to:

1. complete the rebuild of the Beaman Park nets by December 2018

2. build new nets at the eastern end of Beaman Park to help with growing demand for cricket facilities by August 2019

3. modernise the old and rundown amenities block at the eastern end of Beaman Park, including an upgrade to toilets, change rooms, storage, canteen and meeting space for summer and winter sports in 2019.

Facilities are desperately needed

There are limited cricket facilities in the Cooks River area. All are heavily used.

Marrickville Cricket Club is one 10 junior clubs that belong to the Canterbury & Western Suburbs Cricket Association and use Beaman Park.

More than 20 teams from four clubs train at Beaman nets each week. On November 14, two junior teams turned up to their regular training and discovered the nets had been pulled down.

That's how we found out!

Players had been training at Beaman Park since August. There were no signs or notices about the proposed work.

We support an upgrade, but this should have been done in winter in consultation with users.

We need the work completed urgently. We also need more nets to support the growth in girls and boys cricket. We recommend a second set of nets are built at the other end of Beaman Park.

We call on Council to consult with local sporting clubs about new nets, upgrading the amenities block and other potential improvements at Beaman Park.