Council to mull Cooya skate park
SCHOOL principals and police have added their support to petitioners who are asking Douglas Shire Council to build a skateboard park to with hopes it will keep kids busy and off the streets.
A petition with 102 local signatures to introduce the ramp to Lou Prince Park was presented to Council which voted unanimously to refer the matter to the chief executive officer for consideration.
In a letter to council, principal petitioner, Mossman Police Liaison Officer Aaron Port, said it was a matter of public interest.
“One of the major issues that have been raised with me in the last few months has been that of the request for more sporting facilities to be erected in the Cooya Beach area,” wrote Officer Port.
“One of the suggestions put to me from a number of the parents and children in the Cooya Beach area was for a skateboard ramp to be erected possibly on Cooya Beach Road, at the Lou Prince Park area.”
Mossman State High School principal Deborah Kachel and Mossman State School principal Randal Smith said the lack of public transport and recreational facilities only highlighted the need for the park.
“There is not a great deal of recreational opportunities available at Cooya beach, nor is there a public transport service,” said Mr Smith.
During the council meeting Councillors expressed their support for the park, with Mayor Leu calling it a “great idea”.
Council cited the skateparks in Port Douglas, Mossman and the latest one in Wonga Beach as examples of their benefits to the community.
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