Skate park still under a cloud
SKATEBOWL campaigners are still in the dark after the draft Innes Park Management Plan was unanimously adopted by Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday — except for the controversial recreation area.
An area called a “teenage space” has been set aside in the plan, and all the council needs to do now is agree on what will go there.
The plan suggests a skate bowl or other recreational activity such as a flying fox. There has been strong debate in the community about whether or not a skate park would be the right addition to the area.
“I would hope something is done; we’ve got to make the decision soon,” Councillor David Batt said.
“We have to decide what goes in there next week, or next month.”
Cr Batt said the council had matched the $50,000 state government sport and recreation grant, to provide $100,000 for whatever project eventually won the space.
“There are all different sorts (of activities) and age groups; we have to decide what we can cater for,” he said.
Although council considered further community consultation, it was decided against because another round was only completed earlier this month.
Those latest results showed 133 responses, with 65 of those simply agreeing to the park plan overall and 23 only agreeing to the skate park.
The plan was developed through initial community consultation, with an aim to provide a long-term vision for the park, identifying what it could look like and how it could function into the future — to provide enjoyment for all residents of the region.
“Quite frankly, I think there’s been enough community consultation on this,” Councillor Danny Rowleson said.
“This could go on for months and months,” Cr Batt agreed.
Further council consideration will be taken on the matter, but it has only until June next year, as the $50,000 state government sport and recreation grant expires before the start of the 2010/2011 financial year.
However, the council can request an extension if the decision has not been made by that time.
Councillors were available for a chat with members of the public over a cuppa and some lunch, following the roving council meeting at the newly-refurbished Wallaville Hall yesterday.