Soil testing in pipeline
REACTIVE soil could destabilise cost estimates for a new skate park at Mt Perry.
The North Burnett Regional Council estimates came in at $75,000, based on the cost of a Biggenden skate park, and they set aside $50,000 in the budget with the remaining $25,000 to be sourced from grants.
But the soil at the proposed park has not yet been tested.
If it is reactive, the ground will need to be stabilised to stop cracks forming in the concrete.
“(The skate park) can be designed to go anywhere but the soil type affects the cost,” the manager of engineering services, Trevor Harvey, said at the council meeting last month.
But the council chief executive Mark Pitt said the council would source additional costs by applying for funding grants.
The park will be built beside the military leopard tank. The local sport and recreation club wanted the park to be built next to its shed, but the council decided against this idea.
“(We) ... wanted it here (by the tank) because the area is out in the open and by toilet facilities,” Mt Perry councillor John Bowen said.
“Now that we have the location okayed, we can get to work doing these tests and determining what we need for the foundation.”