BASKETBALL NSW is confident the shake-up at Port Macquarie will be the tonic required to provide a new and exciting future for players.
Chief executive officer Maria Nordstrom said while it was not unusual for community sport committees to have friction, fresh ideas could be just what the Port Macquarie Basketball Association needed.
All PMBA board directors resigned last week, forcing Basketball NSW to take the reins in the interim.
It came after concerns about decisions made by the board were made public by a contingent of parents, players and coaches.
But now the focus was on listening to the community and developing a way forward.
"What has occurred is a significant disagreement on the two sides," Nordstrom said.
"For them to come to this conclusion and for us to be able to assist through the process is not for us to control, it's for us to guide."
In coming weeks, Basketball NSW will provide the framework and support while the community will determine what is best for basketball in the area.
"Port Macquarie is historically one of our stronger associations in regional NSW and we want to make sure we maintain that and they continue to grow," Nordstrom said.
Port Macquarie is historically one of our stronger associations in regional NSW and we want to make sure we maintain that and they continue to grow.Basketball NSW chief executive officer Maria Nordstrom
"It's important that we continue to focus on providing a broader service to the community and the people that want to play basketball and give them a positive experience.
"I'm comfortable Port Macquarie will be part of that network moving forward."
A Special General Meeting will be held on October 13 which will allow association members to vote and appoint an interim board.
Following the SGM, an annual general meeting will then be held in the weeks following.
"It's good to be able to move forward with some new ideas and fresh people," Nordstrom said.
"I'm positive it will go forward in a good way because both sides need to decide that they want to be part of that community and it doesn't matter who's on the board."
While the association faces an uncertain few months, the governing body was confident they will come out the other side.
"Based on the conversations I have had with the guys who went up there during the week, it's going to be an interesting few months, but I think that's a positive," Nordstrom said.
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