During the first two weeks of the school holidays Galiwinku’s basketball court area saw fencing go up and resurfacing of the courts begin. With much excitement the Galiwin'ku community watched as their beloved courts undertook a makeover.
Residents, local stakeholders and of course Council's Youth, Sport and Recreation team have welcomed the upgrade with open arms. With the upgrades barely completed, the YSR Team held their first event on the new surface, engaging with the Red Cross Cyclone Relief Community Art Exhibition Evening followed the next night with a massive Darwin Show Day Disco.
Council was awarded $50 000 to resurface Galiwinku's three outdoor basketball courts through the Department of Sport & Recreation, and contributed an additional $14 929. 78 - the total project cost coming in at $64,929.78. The scope of works included:
- Removal of existing bubble-gum
- Remove and replace existing joint filler
- Repair damaged concrete near joints
- Remove levelling agent between courts and replace with TPV rubber
- Grind and pressure wash all courts
- Apply 2 coats of deep patch
- Apply two coats of Laykold® Advantage top coat
- Apply multipurpose line marking
The works are inline with Council's Sport & Recreation Masterplan for the Galiwin'ku Sports Precinct and a safe and fit for purpose facility, will improve the transfer ability of our remote indigenous athletes to mainstream competitive environments.
Galiwin'ku's courts are used for a wide range of activities including basketball, school holiday programs, after school care, community discos, movie nights, and youth diversion activities, and contribute greatly to the atmosphere and social fabric of the community.