Sur­vey re­veals a skate di­vide

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

A CITY of Cock­burn-helmed sur­vey has laid bare the po­lar­is­ing views on a po­ten­tial skate park in Au­bin Grove.

The sur­vey found while a ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents sup­ported the ad­di­tion of a skate park within the sub­urb, more than a third of the residents quizzed were firmly against any such plans.

The sur­vey gave a choice of Ra­di­ata Park or two lo­ca­tions at the nearby Au­bin Grove Oval and while Ra­di­ata was clearly the most pop­u­lar, al­most as many re­spon­dents went for the op­tion that re­jected build­ing a skate park in the sub­urb at all.

The sur­vey re­vealed more than 63 per cent of re­spon­dents (184 of 290) wanted a skate park in Au­bin Grove, with 41 per cent sup­port­ing

Ra­di­ata Park as the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion, but also more than 36 per cent who did not sup­port the idea.

In to­tal, only 14 more peo­ple voted for the Ra­di­ata Park op­tion than the op­tion against a skate park.

The sur­vey re­sults are due to be dis­cussed at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing, with a rec­om­men­da­tion to note the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion of a skate park at Ra­di­ata Park and un­der­take a work­shop with se­lected com­mu­nity mem­bers to ex­plore po­ten­tial de­signs along with other youth fa­cil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil re­port, the project page was vis­ited 1290 times and there were 321 re­sponses re­ceived through the on­line sur­vey and sub­mis­sions.

In ad­di­tion to the sur­vey, a pe­ti­tion con­tain­ing 105 names was re­ceived in June re­quest­ing coun­cil to aban­don plans to build a skate park at any lo­ca­tion in Au­bin Grove, although the City es­tab­lished at least 20 and pos­si­bly more of those sig­na­to­ries had also par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey.

There are cur­rently four skate parks within the City of Cock­burn, in­clud­ing Atwell Skate Park, a 10-minute drive from the po­ten­tial fa­cil­ity at Ra­di­ata Park. Oth­ers are in Bi­bra Lake, Cool­bellup and Spear­wood.

Cock­burn’s Com­mu­nity, Sport and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Plan 2018-2033 sug­gests a fur­ther four district level skate parks to ac­com­mo­date the City’s pro­jected pop­u­la­tion fore­cast by 2026.

The City pre­vi­ously cre­ated an Au­bin Grove pub­lic open space re­serve ac­count with $610,000 set aside for Ra­di­ata Park to sup­port a skate park, toi­let fa­cil­ity and ap­pro­pri­ate seat­ing.

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