Skate plan on thin ice
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.