Wonga kids get crumbs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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