Council skate bowl stuff up
PLANS for a controversial skatebowl in Innes Park have been put on hold after the Bundaberg Regional Council discovered the area where it was to go was not zoned for recreational purposes.
This means not only is the skatebowl an inappropriate use of the waterfront park, but so are the volleyball court and boat ramp already there.
Bundaberg CEO Peter Byrne, who has now applied to have the area designated for parks and recreation, said the error apparently occurred when the area was under the control of the old Burnett Shire Council.
Back then when staff provided reports to the council they showed the area designated as parks and recreation.
The error continued when four councils merged to form the Bundaberg Regional Council.
Mr Byrne said after the council made the decision to go ahead with the skatebowl people opposed to it did a search and discovered the incorrect designation.
Plans for the skatebowl were now on hold until the council can find out the decision of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Mr Byrne said he had written to the group opposing the skatebowl to tell them of the hold-up.
He said he was unable to put a timeframe on when the department’s decision would be made.
Skatebowl opponents Christel and Col Hirning, who live across the road from the site of the proposed skatebowl, yesterday welcomed the news the development was put on hold.
They believe it could give them an opportunity to object to the proposed rezoning of the park.
“I would think they would now have to put out a sign asking for objections,” Mrs Hirning said.
“They’re trying to rezone it after the fact of the skatebowl being approved.”
Mrs Hirning said the other avenue open to protesters was a complaint to the Queensland Ombudsman, and one of their members had already lodged such a complaint.
She was also angry some councillors had never seen the proposed site for the skatebowl.
“Lots of the councillors have never been here because they come from all over the district,” she said.
Mrs Hirning said her main objection to the skatebowl was the environment it would create.
“This is a park where people come at weekends to get married, that won’t happen any more,” she said.
“Parks are for quiet recreation.”