Skate plan on thin ice

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

PLANS for a skate park in Au­bin Grove are on the back-burner after the City of Cockburn ve­toed the rec­om­mended lo­ca­tion fol­low­ing a po­lar­is­ing com­mu­nity re­sponse.

Coun­cil­lors last week in­stead backed an al­ter­nate mo­tion that re­moved any ref­er­ence to Ra­di­ata Park be­ing en­dorsed as the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion.

Deputy Mayor Lara Kirk­wood suc­cess­fully moved an al­ter­nate rec­om­men­da­tion at last Thurs­day’s coun­cil meet­ing for the City to hold a work­shop with se­lected com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The group, which will in­clude res­i­dents sur­round­ing Ra­di­ata Park, lo­cal young peo­ple and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Au­bin Grove Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, will con­sider de­signs for po­ten­tial youth fa­cil­i­ties at the park which meet lo­cal res­i­dents’ de­sires.

Cr Kirk­wood said com­mu­nity en­gage­ment so far had shown a lack of sup­port for a skate park by the res­i­dents who live near Ra­di­ata Park.

“The Au­bin Grove Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, along with the res­i­dents, asked for a work­shop, how­ever due to COVID this was not able to oc­cur,” she said.

A coun­cil sur­vey found while most re­spon­dents sup­ported the ad­di­tion of a skate park some­where within the sub­urb, more than a third were firmly against any such plans.

Par­tic­i­pants were given a choice of Ra­di­ata Park or two lo­ca­tions at nearby Au­bin Grove Oval and while the for­mer was clearly the most pop­u­lar of the three sug­gested lo­ca­tions with 41 per cent sup­port, al­most as many (36 per cent) did not want a skate park in the sub­urb at all.

There were three dep­u­ta­tions against the Ra­di­ata Park lo­ca­tion at the meet­ing.

The res­i­dents who spoke said Ra­di­ata Park was al­ready used for an ar­ray of recre­ation pur­poses and they would rather see the park up­graded in other ways than lose green space to a skate park. They also felt the sur­vey had pit­ted res­i­dents around Ra­di­ata Park against those in­volved with the sports clubs that used Au­bin Grove Oval.

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