BATHURST'S Indoor Sports Stadium is getting a $437,000 upgrade, but will still have a leaky roof.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole announced the grant on Thursday, which will pay for new toilets and backboards for the facility, but that was of little comfort to the parents of players who demanded to know when the roof would be fixed.
When it rains, the roof leaks so badly that competitions have to be cancelled.
While the State Government has come to the party to upgrade the toilets and other areas, the roof comes under capital works, and is Bathurst Regional Council's responsibility.
Bathurst mayor Bobby Bourke, who was at Thursday's funding announcement, conceded the stadium had been neglected for some time, but said he was working with other councillors in trying to get the $68,000 needed to repair the roof in the next budget.
"Myself and a few other councillors will be campaigning [for the funding] in the budget," he said. "We've already started to look at the issue, and it's about time we did something."
Cr Bourke said council had been receiving complaints about the roof leaking at the complex "for 12 months or more" and said games had been cancelled as a result.
"I've had people come in and see me on numerous occasions to hurry up the process and fix that problem," he said. "It is interfering with the games.
"As I said, I've allocated around $68,000 to the project; hopefully the other councillors will support that.
"I think I have the support to get it over the line."
Stadium manager Andrew James said Basketball NSW, which leases the facility, has been in ongoing talks with council, which owns the building.
He said Basketball NSW did not include roof repairs in its state grant application because that comes under capital repairs, and is Bathurst Regional Council's responsibility.
Mr James said the courts are unplayable when it rains.
"In the rain, it becomes unsafe. We can't risk people being injured or hurt," he said.
When parents raised the frustration of not being able to play indoor sports in an indoor stadium because of the leaky roof, Cr Bourke said that, provided other councillors support his submission, tenders for the work could be called quickly.
Cr Bourke said as mayor he had been open and forward with members of the basketball community.
"I've met with you and understand where you're coming from and I've been pushing those talks I've had with you through the council," he said.
"I hope they listen and you don't have to wait any longer."
Mr Toole said Basketball NSW got everything it applied for in its Regional Sport Facility Fund application.
"They asked for $437,000 and the state gave every one of those dollars," he said.