New com­mit­tee to ride skate park

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

The Corowa Skate Park Up­grade Com­mit­tee will in­clude three Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil­lors (one to act as chair­per­son), three Youth Coun­cil­lors, two skate park users and two par­ents of skate park users.

The com­mit­tee will also com­prise a project man­ager, high school teacher rep­re­sen­ta­tive, spe­cial in­ter­est group - skate park ex­ten­sion com­mit­tee, a gen­eral com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive and a po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Coun­cil has ap­pointed Trin­ity Skate Parks as the consultant for the project, at an es­ti­mated cost of $22,000. Coun­cil has $333,170 in grant fund­ing to­wards the project and com­mu­nity groups are pro­vid­ing $16,140 mak­ing a to­tal bud­get of $349,310.

“I’d like to think we’ll have an up­graded skate park by March 2019,” Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor In­fra­struc­ture and En­vi­ron­ment Peter Gall told The Free Press.

The consultant has pro­posed a four-phase pro­gram: project ini­ti­a­tion and pre­lim­i­nary con­sul­ta­tion, site in­ves­ti­ga­tion, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and con­cept de­sign, de­tailed de­sign and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and con­struc­tion and han­dover.

Key ac­tions and dates in­clude com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion by June 15, a fi­nal de­sign by July 13 and con­struc­tion doc­u­men­ta­tion han­dover to coun­cil in Oc­to­ber.

Mr Gall said that at each stage of the project, com­mu­nity feed­back will be sought.

“De­ci­sion points will be agreed by com­mu­nity in­put, through sur­veys and con­sul­ta­tions, and then raised with coun­cil di­rec­tors and ul­ti­mately with coun­cil re­gard­ing the fi­nal de­sign and lo­ca­tion,” he said at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on May 15.

He said the com­mit­tee will op­er­ate un­der a

A new 16-per­son com­mit­tee has been formed to help drive the fu­ture up­grade of the pop­u­lar skate park.

project steer­ing com­mit­tee char­ter. “The char­ter is to en­sure all mem­bers work to the stated goals of the project and in the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The com­mit­tee is an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee only and not a des­ig­nated Sec­tion 355 com­mit­tee and as such the Min­utes and any rec­om­men­da­tions passed will be for­warded to coun­cil as re­quired, for any en­dorse­ment.”

Deputy mayor Shaun Whitechurch, Cr David Lon­g­ley and Cr Gail Law were named as com­mit­tee mem­bers, at coun­cil’s May meet­ing.

At its April meet­ing, coun­cil re­ceived a pe­ti­tion from two skate park users ex­press­ing con­cern about any plan to move the skate park from its present site and had pre­vi­ously re­solved a no­tice of mo­tion that re­quired the park to stay in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, un­less there was sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity con­cerns about the cur­rent site.

The two skate park users were ap­plauded by coun­cil­lors on their pre­sen­ta­tion.

At coun­cil’s May meet­ing, Deputy Mayor Whitechurch said it was “a rather large com­mit­tee”. “It’s im­por­tant to get the project started and fin­ished, and get some fund­ing to make it good for every­one,” he said.

Not­ing the two skate park mem­bers on the com­mit­tee, Cr Gail Law said it was im­por­tant “they have a good say”. Coun­cil is in the process of seek­ing Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est for the com­mit­tee.

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