Skating over light problem

Christel Hirning is unhappy about the noise coming from the new Innes Park skate bowl.
Christel Hirning is unhappy about the noise coming from the new Innes Park skate bowl. Scottie Simmonds

THE Innes Park skate bowl may have brightened the lives of kids, but Esplanade residents say they feel like they are under the spotlight after enterprising youths rigged up floodlights to skate at night.

Christel Hirning said teenagers used a noisy generator to power the lights, and noise from the skatebowl kept many residents awake until 11.30pm on Friday night.

“There was foul language, and the noise of the boards and the generator,” Mrs Hirning said.

“I’m not negative towards the skatebowl itself, but the lights are beyond a joke.”

She said residents complained to police, but were told the children were not doing anything illegal.

Skater Thomas Reid, 20, said he felt people using the park had generally been well-behaved, and the culprits were likely to be older people.

“Every time I’ve been down there has been about 25 kids, and they have all been good,” he said.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Lynne Forgan said the council had taken several complaints, but there was also a lot of positive feedback.

“It was a one-off situation, and police and council are monitoring the area,” she said.

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