A blight on the Shellharbour City landscape or a vital storage solution for the area's many sporting clubs?
Shellharbour residents can share their opinion when the council's draft "shipping containers on council land policy" goes on public exhibition next week.
The draft policy, prepared by council in response to "numerous requests" from sporting groups and associations to install containers on council land, has already received a mixed response.
Chairman of the Shellharbour Sports Assistance Fund Don Briggs labelled the policy an "aggressive" move by the council against sporting groups that put a question mark over the many shipping containers that already exist on the city's sports fields.
Mr Briggs said previously there had been a verbal agreement that containers could be installed by clubs to house equipment if the colour blended in with the area, they were well maintained and lifted off the ground to enable air to flow underneath.
The new policy would see sporting groups forced to submit a development application for containers, provide a "significant bond" and have approval limited to three years to encourage clubs to build storage facilities.
The council's director of city outcomes Carey McIntyre said as there was currently no policy in place to guide approval of shipping containers, under the existing framework if a request was made "the answer would be no".
Mr Briggs said the use of shipping containers for everything from cricket rollers to goalposts was saving the council millions of dollars every year as they were a solution to the lack of facilities the council itself should be providing.
However Cr Helen Stewart feared the policy could open a pandora's box which would see containers "popping up like mushrooms" on sports fields across the city.
"These are grotesque and horrible things ... they attract graffiti," Cr Stewart said.
"It might be OK at Croom Rd where no-one can see them, but I don't want to be driving past Myimbarr looking at these things.
"We want to encourage sporting groups to fund-raise and build their own facility."
Deputy Mayor Paul Rankin took issue with a clause in the policy that states containers and contents could be removed by the council at the end of the three-year period.
The policy, which will be on the council's website, will be on exhibition for 28 days and once adopted would be subject to a 12-month trial.