Wonga kids get crumbs
MOSSMAN’S skate park will get an extension and new seating but Wonga Beach youths will have to wait at least two years for one of their own - and the money allocated for it would be lucky to cover a couple of jumps.
Cairns Regional Council’s draft skate park and BMX strategy, which is due to be adopted by the end of the month, allocates $50,000 worth of upgrades to the Mossman skate park by June 2015.
Wonga Beach on the other hand has been allocated $25,000 for a new “small” skate park by June 2013.
By comparison, the draft strategy recommends $50,000 be spent at the Redlynch skate park to develop a “skate spot” for younger and beginner skaters while Trinity Beach Skate Park is slated to receive $25,000 to provide shade and water facilities.
More than 200 Wonga Beach residents met with a council officer last November to push their case for a skate park facility.
Council spokeswoman Lea Guy said there was presently no specific plans relating to a skate park at Wonga Beach but it has been “listed as a priority”.
She said once the strategy is adopted, council will start working through the “identified priorities”.
Division 10 Councillor, Julia Leu, said $25,000 was not enough to construct a proper skate park.
“I was involved in funding the Mossman and Port Douglas skate parks so I understand the costs involved and common sense tells you $25,000 is not enough,” she said.
“We have the perfect site at Wonga Park and it would be a great community facility for our kids and families.”