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The Ballina Shire Council will proceed with its plans to build a skatepark at the Wollongbar sports field site after an attempt to overturn the decision failed at Thursday’s meeting.

A recession motion lodged by Crs Philip Meehan, Ben Smith and Jeff Johnson failed to attract the numbers to overturn last month’s decision.

As a result, their wish to relocate the skatepark to a site in Plateau Drive failed.

Prior to the meeting, Wollongbar Progress Association’s acting secretary Marilyn Perkins said members of the association were against the Plateau Drive site because a well-lit roundabout near the site could encourage young people ‘to gather and engage in inappropriate, and sometimes dangerous, activity’ after hours.

The community group backing the Plateau Drive site, the Wollongbar Alstonville Skate Park (WASP) group had argued that the site was closer to the residential area and already had a bus stop and footpaths.

WASP spokeswoman Bianca Urbina said if the skatepark was located at the sports field site, gates would close at 5pm, and the site was almost a kilometre from the entrance to the site.

 


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