Coun­cil to mull Cooya skate park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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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