SKATE PARK CLOSURE
Council assessing safety risks, chasing funding approval
THE Biloela Skate Park has been temporarily closed by Banana Shire Council.
“A number of safety issues had been identified and the park was temporarily closed until a full risk assessment is done,” the council said.
Plastic fencing was placed around the park but it didn’t last long as children pulled it down and have continued to use the park.
“Temporary barricading was used as it is expected that the park will be reopened as soon as full risk assessment is done and the safety concerns have been addressed,” the council said.
The Central Telegraph reported on July 7 the severe damages the park had sustained and the council stated they had applied for funding to build a new park.
This funding will be announced in October and the council assured the park would not stay closed.
“The park will reopen whether or not the funding is successful,” the council said.
Banana Shire Council stated a risk assessment was conducted August 8 and it was decided it would be reopening once some patch-up works are undertaken to make it safe.
“We ask for everyone’s patience while this work is carried out, this work will be undertaken as quickly as possible.
“Council has put in an application to replace the skate park and if it is successful we will also take the opportunity to reassess its location.
“There will be consultation with relevant stakeholders in relation to the location and contents of any new facility.
“An announcement of funding is expected in October and should council not be successful we will continue to repair the facility to ensure it remains safe,” they said.
STILL SKATING: Council closed the skate park last week however the fencing did not last long before the children pulled it down.