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Ballina council to consider skatepark at Wollongbar

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A proposed skatepark for Wollongbar. (supplied)

Ballina shire councillors are being urged to endorse at skatepark at the corner of Plateau Drive and Rifle Range Road at Wollongbar.

The Wollongbar Alstonville Skatepark committee has written to councillors seeking their support for a master plan, developed by landscaping designers, Design Team Ink.

The footprint of the proposed skate park consists of approximately 750 square metres, and is of similar size to the skate facility located at Bangalow, which is the design type preferred by the Skate Group.

Comparative skate parks constructed within Ballina Shire include Lennox Head (370sqm) and Ballina (1,500sqm).

Some of the members of the Wollongbar Alstonville Skatepark group. (supplied)
Some of the members of the Wollongbar Alstonville Skatepark group. (supplied)

WASP coordinator Bianca Urbina said it was important for community members to have their say about proposal,

‘It’s finally coming together but with over 30 sites knocked back on the plateau over the last 15 years it’s really important that the community gets behind this proposal,’ she said.

‘If you want your kids to have somewhere safe to skate it’s time to step up and have your voice heard.’

According to a report to the council, the cost for the design and construction for a 750 sqm facility range from $300,000 to $600,000.

The council currently has $350,000 allocated in the 2015/16 delivery program for the construction of a skate park facility and associated facilities.

Brendon Miller, a father with two boys, said it was exciting to finally see a skatepark plan on paper.

‘We’d like to see a bigger skatepark, more like Bangalow than Lennox.” Mr Miller said.

‘Our neighbours won’t even let our kids skate in the cul-de-sac. Families need this skatepark so our kids can have somewhere to skate.’

If approved by councillors on Thursday, the master plan will go on public exhibition for comment.

 


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