A neighbourhood basketball court in Kwinana will remain after council staff spent two years investigating noise complaints from a nearby resident. The basketball half-court on Hawkeswood Boulevard in Kwinana has been the subject of complaints from the owners of a home on nearby Marlock Road since early 2021. A report presented to the City of Kwinana’s October 11 meeting said city staff had “undertaken significant research into mitigation options” and “significant officer time” had been dedicated to responding to the complainant. “The city has not received any other complaints about this facility, nor any other facility within the city, and has made every reasonable effort to address the complaint,” it said. The report said staff had “exhausted all options”. According to the report, the complainant was not aware of the court until they moved into their home and since February 2021 had raised concerns about noise and parking related to the facility. City staff took noise measurements at the property, which showed the “peak noise” of basketballs bouncing and hitting the backboard was under the allowed limit but the combination of the two exceeded the “lower threshold set for continuing noise”. Officers replaced the basketball backboard, which they said reduced the noise, and also investigated replacing the playing surface, working closely with specialised asphalt laboratories in Melbourne and Perth to develop an alternative, but found nothing suitable. The resident also had issues with parking associated with construction in the Cassia Glades development area, which the report said was “temporary and would subside”. The report said the basketball facility was there before residents and was built by Cassia Glades developer Satterley. It recommended keeping the court because of its “significant community benefit” and it was generally expected public parks would result in noise, as well as the absence of any other complaints. The complainant had wanted the council to defer making a decision because they could not attend the meeting but mayor Carol Adams said given the “significant history” of the matter, it would be “unfair for a future council to have to come in and have to deal with this matter from the outset again”. The complainant was invited to provide a written deputation but did not. Deputy mayor Peter Feasey said he believed the developer would have told prospective homebuyers about the park facilities and “the amenity would have been quite clear on the plans prior to any of those blocks going on the market”. “You need to do your due diligence when you purchase a property,” he said. Cr Matthew Rowse said officers had “gone above and beyond to investigate this one complaint to try to alleviate the noise, to try to find additional surfaces”. “I just don’t think that we can justify the removal of the court based on the public health benefits of the rest of the community as opposed to the one resident making these complaints,” he said.