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Knox City Council responds to complaint over basketball ring

UPDATE

Knox City Council has responded to a complaint from a resident who has been asked to remove a basketball ring.

A Wantirna man had been threatened with a $1000 fine from the council if he doesn’t remove the ring perched outside his house.

The council says they are looking for a ‘reasonable, commonsense’ solution to a complaint about the ring from another resident.

‘Council encourages neighbours to have consideration for each other,’ they said in a statement. 

‘As the basketball ring is portable, Council encourages residents to utilise such sporting equipment on their private property.’

In the statement, the penalty threatened has been halved to $500.

Read the full statement below.

EARLIER

On Thursday, Damian told 3AW Drive it was ‘disgraceful’ the council wanted the ring removed due to an apparent by-law.

Click PLAY below to hear Damian explain more on 3AW Drive

Damian said the ring had been there about two years and was used by everybody in his court.

‘It’s not in anybody’s way, whatsoever,’ he told Tom Elliott.

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KNOX CITY COUNCIL STATEMENT

Council received a complaint from a resident relating to a portable basketball ring permanently located on the nature strip of a cul-de-sac in Wantirna.

Council wrote a letter to the owner of the property requesting that the basketball ring not be permanently located on the nature strip.

Council has taken a reasonable, commonsense approach to ensure that a neighbours’ complaint is actioned and the owners of the basketball ring are provided an opportunity to remove it.

The owner has been asked to remove the portable basketball ring from the nature strip, and if they do not comply with this request, they may be issued with a $500 infringement.  Council can also impound the basketball ring.

As the basketball ring is portable, Council encourages residents to utilise such sporting equipment on their private property.

Council encourages neighbours to have consideration for each other and demonstrate reasonable commonsense in these types of matters.

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