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Ms Kerry Wright, Suffolk Park

Dear Mayor Richardson and councillors

We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.

We request an immediate recission motion, given the local shock and horror at the size and effect of the Stage 2 Extended Pump Track (now that people know more), management of which was handed straight to Suffolk Park Progress Association on 17 December.

The Suffolk Park Progress Association (SPPA) are not the main or only contributors and users of this park. They do not represent the community at large.

The neighbours strongly object to the way this development (which will certainly affect many homes, lives, and families, the peace and harmony of the area, the ambience of the parkland, and the ecosystem) and a large slab of Section 94 money earmarked for Suffolk Park was handed to the SPPA for what we consider an inappropriate development and intrusion into our beloved shared park and essential green space.

We consider the size, heat, traffic, noise, and ecosystem effects to pose far too great an impact on our lives, and point out that we were not informed or consulted about the expansion plans, which were clearly in place before the 17 December (Christmas) Council meeting, or how the Section 94 money for Suffolk Park was to be used.

We strongly deny that the stated years of community consultation about such an impactful project as Stage 2 ever occurred: we expected ‘kiddies on bicycles’ not ‘beginners to advanced’ and youths from everywhere.

We also note that nothing was said about the total cost of this one small-interest (but big-space and -impact) project, details of the tender, decision-makers, and Cairns company selection process, the stated involvement of bike clubs and adults, or why one project swallowed up so much of the SPk money yet would change our lives and quiet space forever. Note that the people pushing it do not live alongside it.

Council has a responsibility to answer for the 17 December decision, and SPPA for their part, so once again we request a stay of bulldozing and tree removal, and authentic community input and feedback, before you create very real distress, schisms, and unhappiness in this upset community.


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