The proposal for a basketball court at Fremantle’s South Beach, just west of the kiosk and toilet block will no doubt be controversial as it would take away a small part of the grassed area while nearby residents are concerned about the noise of bouncing balls.
I have heard the argument that not even 2 per cent of the population engages in basketball, but not catering for that minority group could well set a precedent. If governments only catered for majority groups we would have a pretty unequal kind of governance, and look at it on the bright side; put together all minority groups and they would most likely be the majority.
Youth culture is very important and so is the amenity and peace of local residents and visitors to South Beach. Putting a basketball court in the parking area would bring it closer to residents, and putting it west of the kiosk would again receive criticism for reducing green space in Fremantle. Who wants to be a Councillor, hey!