Yack calls meeting on park question
A GROUP of Yackandandah residents has called a public meeting tonight in the town’s old court house to discuss ways to reinstate Stone Bridge Park for community and visitor use and relocate the skate park to Isaacs Park.
Paul Titterington, Tanya House, Susan Reynolds, David Norman, Kevin Poyner and David Larkin have convened the meeting.
They propose shifting the skate park and skating infrastructure – which Indigo council is planning to redevelop at a cost of $255,000 – to make the most of Stone Bridge Park and its heritagelisted 1857 stone bridge over Commissioner’s creek.
They believe the park provides the only publicly-accessible vistas and contextual setting of the single arch, granite-walled bridge.
“The park was the site of some of the earliest gold rush activities from late 1852, it is central to and links some of the most significant sites of Yackandandah’s gold rush history and town origins and is located just at the end of the High Street,” the group has written.
“Most towns would give anything to have a green and cool creekside park adjacent their main street overlooking the oldest bridge in use in Victoria and surrounded by heritage assets and sites – a beautiful spot for social gatherings, community events, picnics, weddings or just relaxing beside Commissioner’s Creek.
“Stone Bridge Park should be one of the jewels of Yackandandah and it is time to reclaim the park’s historic, architectural, aesthetic, amenity, social and economic values for the benefit of the wider community.”
Mr Poyner said the community and its young people wanted a skate park but the group believed Isaacs Park would be a better option.
“Fortuitously, Indigo Shire Council has been successful in obtaining a $100,000 grant, matched by $155,000 in ratepayers’ funds, to construct purpose-built skate facilities in Yackandandah,” the group wrote.
“This represents a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend our ratepayer monies twice – to reclaim Stone Bridge Park for the wider community and to finally have skate facilities that are not a stop-gap measure and in a more appropriate location.”
Mayor Jenny O’Connor, who cannot attend the meeting because of another engagement, said the skate park had been in Stone Bridge Park for more than 15 years.
“We did a lot of consultation early on with the town and, most importantly, the kids who use it had a lot of input and into the design,” she said.
“These kids are part of our community and we want them to know that they are valued and supported.
“There are also security aspects. Successful skate parks are located in highly-visible areas close to town centres.
“The local police also recommended that it remain where it is.”
Tonight’s court house meeting will open at 7.30pm.
VISTA: Some Yackandandah residents want Stone Bridge Park to be available for use by all in the community.