Councillor 'inundated with messages of support' for proposed active sports precinct at Miranda

A Sutherland Shire councillor says he has been "inundated with messages of support" after his call for a skate park and other action sports facilities to be established in Seymour Shaw Park at Miranda.

Cr Jack Boyd said most of the support was from "young skaters and their parents, who are keen to see high quality facilities in an accessible location."

"I encourage anyone who supports an active sports precinct at Miranda to contact me to discuss the proposal and outline any suggestions," he said.

Cr Boyd's proposal for a feasibility study was unanimously supported at the last meeting of the council.

He said other facilities in the proposed precinct could include an outdoor basketball court, parkour zone and climbing walls.

It would also be a place where young people could just "hang out".

Reaction to the proposal on the Leader's Facebook page varied from strong endorsement of the proposal to concerns it might attract undesirable elements from outside the shire because of the proximity to Westfield Miranda and the train station.

Other comments included Miranda Park could be a better option because Seymour Shaw Park was already heavily used, with four soccer fields, eight tennis courts, one cricket field, four cricket nets and 15 netball courts.

Cr Boyd suggested the precinct be located in the south-western corner of the park, near the playground and tennis courts.

Council staff were asked to prepare a report by April, 2020, which will be considered in a review of the Developer Contributions Plan and Long Term Financial Plan.

Cr Boyd said state government funding was available to support such facilities and he believed the cost to the council could be just $500,000.

"I think it would be a huge win for the community," he said.

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