SKATE PARK CLO­SURE

Coun­cil as­sess­ing safety risks, chas­ing fund­ing ap­proval

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@ cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

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.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

STILL SKAT­ING: Coun­cil closed the skate park last week how­ever the fenc­ing did not last long be­fore the chil­dren pulled it down.

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