A campaign by the local Byron Labor branch to build a skate park in Byron Bay is underway after Cr Paul Spooner (Country Labor) resurrected the idea at last Thursday’s council meeting.
Cr Spooner told the chamber he discovered the 20-year-old plan buried in a long list of council motions unresolved by staff.
Greens mayor Simon Richardson also got involved in formulating the motion, suggesting that funding be attached to the request.
Other items to be given ‘high priority’ for funding by Council include updating the bikeways plan and the development of a shirewide transport plan.
Cr Spooner later said, ‘For too long, local young people have not had access to a quality facility. The closest skate park is located in Suffolk Park, and is considered by many to be well below average.’
The campaign was instigated by David Krippner, Cr Spooner said, who is a local young person and Labor member. David said, ‘Many of the young people I know in town would love a skate park. It would provide a focal point for the community, with opportunities for community activities, murals and events.’
Cr Spooner said, ‘Properly funded, a skate park would not only be used for skating, but could be designed in a way that it is a piece of artwork for the community. This idea fits in perfectly with the Byron Bay masterplan – adopted by Council – and should be given a high priority’.