Innes Park Reserve Committee members Richie Haworth, Dennis Loxton, Derek McGrath and Col and Christie Hirning are protesting against the proposed skate bowl at Innes Park.
Innes Park Reserve Committee members Richie Haworth, Dennis Loxton, Derek McGrath and Col and Christie Hirning are protesting against the proposed skate bowl at Innes Park. Max Fleet

Residents set to fight

THE division over a skate bowl at Innes Park rages on with residents ready to fight Bundaberg Regional Council’s decision to approve the facility.

Innes Park Reserve Committee members placed signs along the Esplanade yesterday so their protests could be seen by those attending the Innes Park Australia Day Carnival.

Committee spokesperson Derek McGrath said 43 Innes Park residents attended a meeting on Thursday and almost 100 people had since joined the group.

“We are not against the skate bowl, we are against a skate bowl in Innes Park Reserve,” Mr McGrath said.

Signs erected included words such as “shame Pyefinch shame”, even though the mayor had opposed the proposal at council’s December 15 meeting.

Other placards read; “turtles and trees, not concrete and graffiti” and “who controls the regional council, Pyefinch or Coral Cove?”

The committee started a petition, which has about 100 signatures, against the skate bowl.

The petition will be presented in state parliament by Member for Burnett Rob Messenger.

Mr McGrath said Bundaberg Regional Council should be providing more for the Innes Park youth to the west of the coastal community.

“To put in a skate bowl they are short-selling the youth when they need proper facilities,” he said.

Mr McGrath the group was determined to do all it could to stop the construction.

“We’re going to proceed with the fight. We are just not going to give in,” he said.

Councillor Greg Barnes, who along with the mayor recorded his vote against the skate bowl, was not sure if the group would be successful.

“The vote was 9 to 2. I’m not aware of any other factor which could recognise their protest,” Cr Barnes said.

“At the end of the day, council has made its decision.”

Cr Barnes said his own informal survey had found there was an “overwhelming” feeling against the skate park.

“The ones I spoke to admitted the youth needed something, but they didn’t want the skate park in the reserve,” he said.

Despite the protests, work on the skate bowl continues with council searching for about 20 young people to help with the design.



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