Skate Park pe­ti­tion lodged

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Corowa Skate Park users and sup­port­ers at­tended Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on Tues­day to make a pre­sen­ta­tion and hand over a pe­ti­tion con­tain­ing 2338 sig­na­tures.

Ryan James, a skate park user, thanked coun­cil for the op­por­tu­nity to make the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Skate Park and BMX Track pe­ti­tion.

“Over a four-week pe­riod dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March this year, a to­tal of 1964 valid sig­na­tures were col­lected from across the com­mu­nity in sup­port of the Skate Park and BMX Track re­main­ing in John Street where they have al­ways been and to ask that work start again on the skate bowl ex­ten­sion every­one has been work­ing on for many years,” he told coun­cil.

Ryan said that in ad­di­tion to the pe­ti­tion, there was also a sec­ond pe­ti­tion to present to coun­cil.

“Mathew Yates had an on­line pe­ti­tion on www.change.org for the same pe­riod as ours. He has asked that we present the 381 sig­na­tures from his pe­ti­tion with ours,” Ryan said.

“Both pe­ti­tions have been checked for peo­ple who have signed each pe­ti­tion more than once and for those who may have signed both pe­ti­tions.

“The to­tal num­ber was ad­justed if this was found to be so.

“To­gether, the ad­justed, com­bined num­ber of sig­na­tures col­lected and pre­sented to you to­day is 2338.

“We ask that you take these pe­ti­tions and their sig­na­tures into ac­count when mak­ing any de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the Corowa Skate Park and the Corowa BMX Track.”

Cr Fred Long­mire en­dorsed the pre­sen­ta­tion made to coun­cil and re­minded coun­cil of the im­por­tance of keep­ing the fa­cil­ity in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

“That many sig­na­tures is pretty pow­er­ful, well done,” he said.

Cr Gail Law en­dorsed Cr Long­mire’s re­marks and said it would be a shame to have the Skate Park and BMX Track shifted to an­other area.

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