Survey of paths

During April and May you might see quad bikes on paths around Penrith.

Penrith Council has contracted local company Infrastructure Management Group to survey every metre of the city's 500-kilometre network of footpaths and cycleways.

The quad bikes have cameras to collect detailed video imaging and GPS references to help the council assess the condition of paths and make decisions about maintenance and improvement.

The vehicles will travel at a brisk walking pace, use hazard lights and other warning devices, and operators will give way wherever possible to other footpath users.

"This exercise will equip us with the data to target problem areas more quickly and efficiently, for the benefit of the safety and convenience of residents and visitors," mayor Ross Fowler said.

Sign up for basketball

Midnight Basketball returns to Mount Druitt for the fifth time. It will be held at Emerton Leisure Centre every Saturday night from May 10 until June 28.

The free program is for youths aged 12-18 who live in the 2770 postcode.

They enjoy a healthy dinner, life skills workshop and game of basketball before being driven home before midnight. The program was named community event of 2013 in the Blacktown City Australia Day awards.

Participants played in a curtain-raiser at an NBL game between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats at Sydney Entertainment Centre earlier this year.

Details: Ron Bright, 8807 0308.

This story IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.