Christopher Wright, Byron Bay
As a long-term ratepayer of Byron Shire Council (BSC), I have serious concerns regarding the proposed pump track at Suffolk Park.
As this proposal has already been passed by Council, I ask how this development decision sits with regard to Council’s stated commitment to a zero emissions target by 2050?
The clearing of native vegetation, then significant amounts of parent soil to be removed from the site and replaced with additional fill to create artificial hills and ramps, followed by concrete and bitumen in close proximity to a little creek, could hardly be considered to be a carbon neutral project. This for the gratification of a few.
Without doubt, at face value, this certainly appears to be a totally inappropriate development for this small community reserve at Linda Vidler Park. Any development of this site should be for the whole community of Suffolk Park, not simply a limited proposal for teenagers, many of whom will be transported to the track for a short duration visit.
Parking congestion will also increase and the expected noise level from young bike riders and skateboarders in an urban space, less than 100 metres from the nearest houses, can only be imagined.
As I understand it, the expected cost of $506,000 is for the bike and board track. This would be far better spent developing a new park adjacent to the community garden, with more native plantings, seats, garden, and bridges for the enjoyment and benefit of the entire community of Suffolk Park, at a fraction of the cost.
This whole project seems short on community consultation and rife with environmental and community disturbance issues.
The Cavanbah Centre would seem to be the only suitable location for this ill-considered proposal.