TIME TO ACT: Jayden Morrison, 11, of Nimbin, has initiated a letter-writing campaign in a bid to embarrass the Lismore City Council in providing Nimbin’s long-suffering youth with a useable skate park.
TIME TO ACT: Jayden Morrison, 11, of Nimbin, has initiated a letter-writing campaign in a bid to embarrass the Lismore City Council in providing Nimbin’s long-suffering youth with a useable skate park. Jacklyn Wagner

We want a skate park: 11yo boy

YOU get the feeling Jayden Morrison would have his skateboard permanently attached to his feet if he could, which is a problem considering his local skate park has been declared off limits by the Lismore City Council.

Jayden, 11, is so keen his dad built him a mini-skate park in his backyard. He and his mates would spend every weekend practising tricks on his ramps - until the neighbours starting complaining about the racket and they cut back their miniature skate festivals to one day each weekend.

But his chief joy was going to the Nimbin skate park once or twice a week - a joy now lost to him since the council closed the park after complaints about the noise the boards made on the steel ramps.

Jayden this week took the unusual step, for an 11-year-old, of writing to Lismore's councillors and The Star, pleading for a new skate park to replace the one sitting unused at Nimbin.

Jayden has plenty of allies in his fight for a new skate park - his fellow Nimbin kids, local businesses, even the local boss cop, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, have all argued Nimbin needs a skate park. Now he has an ally where it counts - the council.

Cr Simon Clough has put a motion for next Tuesday's council meeting calling on his fellow councillors to use nearly $450,000 in Federal funding, given to the council in July, to build a new skate park at Nimbin's Peace Park.

A staff report recommends any decision on the money be deferred to the council's November meeting, but Cr Clough said the councillors could decide now.

“This is the number one (priority), there's no doubt,” Cr Clough said. “Apart from the issue of young people needing this for their community ... council has a moral obligation.

“We approved the steel skate park and ... then we say it can't be used because it's too noisy, so we have a responsibility to find a replacement.”

Cr Clough said the Nimbin community put 'hundreds of thousands of dollars worth' of labour into building the existing skate park.



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