A group of Ballina councillors are trying to overturn a decision to locate a skate park in Plateau Drive at Wollongbar, instead pushing for it to be built at the Wollongbar Sports Complex.
Crs Sharon Cadwallader, Ken Johnson and Keith Williams have lodged a notice of motion for today’s meeting as a result of continued opposition from nearby residents in Plateau Drive.
‘It is clear there is strong opposition from the nearby residents to the proposed location for the skatepark,’ the councillors say in their motion.
‘Overall there has been little in the way of objection to the skatepark being located at the Wollongbar Sports Complex, with the only real negative being the lack of passive surveillance.
‘This is a negative however council will have millions of dollars of other infrastructure at the new sporting complex, such as the amenities building, tennis courts, tennis clubhouse, tennis fencing, lighting etc and if vandalism becomes a concern we can install security cameras with that technology continuing to rapidly improve.
‘Very high profile sign posting of information on the cameras will also help to improve security. ‘
The councillors argue that the Wollongbar Sports Complex would provide a better alternative for residents of Wollongbar and Alstonville.
The motion calls on the council to continue calling tenders for the skatepark project but with its location being at the sports complex.