Councillors attempt to roll forward on impasse over Nimbins skate park

Write head Noise limits 'ridiculously low' BOB DOOLEY A LISMORE City Council workshop called to resolve the long-standing impasse over the construction of the Nimbin skate park, has managed to find a way forward. Cr Jenny Dowell said: "The workshop and presentation went well with surprising unanimous support to finish the facility and then assess its success in meeting the criteria."

This was the fourth workshop held since work was halted on the $150,000 project of the Nimbin Community Development Association (NCDA) in late 2005, after the council received a petition from local residents concerned about noise from board riding activity at the incomplete facility. Three noise assessments have since been conducted on the steel half-pipes, the most recent, and part-funded by the council in May this year, involving sophisticated computer modelling of various sound mitigation options. However, the criteria used in the modelling by the consultants, Air Noise Environment Pty Ltd, varied from that preferred by the council, which sets acceptable criteria at five decibels above background noise of about 45 decibels.

"I consider that to be ridiculously low for daytime and unachievable for most activities, let alone skating," Cr Dowell said. NCDA representative Diana Roberts said she was pleased with the outcome.

"The process hasn't been a waste of time, as NCDA now has clear ideas about what kinds of noise mitigation will give maximum benefit for neighbours," she said.



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