Skate upset

web page 4 skate parkCONCERNED: Yackandandah’s John Bradly (left) and Kevin Poyner with some of the town's skateboard riders Travis Olden, Etham Gray, Niam Elliott, Bobby Jones-Davies, Caleb Elliott and Reggie Pendergast at last monthís meeting about the town's skateboard park location. PHOTO: Coral Cooksley

INDIGO mayor Jenny O’Connor will meet with the Yackandandah community later this month to enable people to see designs and put views about what has become a contentious plan to redevelop the town’s skate park.

Residents concerned about a $255,000 project to refurbish the existing skate park in Stone Bridge Park convened their own meeting in Yackandandah’s former courthouse earlier last month.

The gathering, hosted by Kevin Poyner, Tanya House, Paul Titterington, David Norman, Susan Reynolds and David Larkin, attracted almost 100 people.

Mr Poyner did not think the community had been widely canvassed about the proposed redevelopment of the skate park by Indigo Shire Council, although some residents and young users of the park had been involved earlier in the process.

“Councillors were invited to hear what this meeting had to say,” Mr Poyner said – but Cr O’Connor had been unable to attend because of another engagement.

The council is proposing to use a Victorian government grant of $100,000 and ratepayers’ funds of $155,000 to meet the costs of the redevelopment.

But there is concern that Stone Bridge Park – with its view of the single arch bridge spanning Commissioner’s Creek – should remain available as civic space.

Mr Poyner said the group which convened last month’s meeting was not opposed to the skate park, but preferred that it be sited in Isaacs Park.

“Infrastructure already exists in Isaacs Park, with amenities such as shelters and toilets that are not available at (Stone Bridge Park),” Mr Poyner said.

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