Jimi Wilson, Josh Smith, Justin Smith, Ollie Cheacker (front) Jake Cheaker, Connor Johnson, Kyle Smith, Johordan Shorter and Kalahm Shorter would love to have a skate park at Innes Park. Max Fleet skt1801a
Jimi Wilson, Josh Smith, Justin Smith, Ollie Cheacker (front) Jake Cheaker, Connor Johnson, Kyle Smith, Johordan Shorter and Kalahm Shorter would love to have a skate park at Innes Park. Max Fleet skt1801a

Kids get say in park

INNES Park skaters have their chance to stand up and be heard about the new skatebowl design and they are not going to let the opportunity pass them by.

Bundaberg Regional Council is looking for 10 children aged under 12 and another 10 aged over 12 to sit on a design group for the recently approved Innes Park Skatebowl.

Skateboarder Justin Smith, 13, was mostly looking forward to having somewhere to ride his board without having to resort to the footpath.

“I wouldn’t mind a spine transfer and a big half pipe,” he said.

Justin, who has been part of the group pushing for the park, said he was looking forward to the day he no longer had to travel to Bargara to use the skate facilities.

Seven-year-old Connor Johnson has never been to a skate park but was already practising tricks on his scooter.

“I want to do jumps and it will be a good place to learn,” he said.

Justin’s mum, Michelle Smith, said the skatebowl would give the teenagers in the area something to do.

“They’re bored and they need something here. We’ve got loads of complaints about them riding on the road but there is nowhere else for them to go,” she said.

Former Burnett Shire councillor Rae Suosaari, who campaigned for the park to be brought to the area, said she was pleased to see youngsters get a chance for some input.

“It is great because the kids are getting to have their say,” she said.

However, a number of Innes Park residents remain opposed to the skate park, no matter who designs the facility.

“I’m absolutely appalled by the whole thing. We are going to fight it,” resident Derek McGrath said.

Bundaberg Regional Council youth development officer Andrea Bax said the youth design group would work with the designers to make sure it had something to help every level of skater.

“It gives them some ownership of the skatebowl as well,” Ms Bax said.

Applications for the skatebowl design group close on January 31.

To apply, visit www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

I wouldn’t mind a spine transfer and a big half pipe”

Justin Smith



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