Jakob Robinson, of Ballina, was one of the first to test the Nimbin Skate Park when it opened in January 2007.
Jakob Robinson, of Ballina, was one of the first to test the Nimbin Skate Park when it opened in January 2007. David Nielsen

Nimbin takes iron-clad steps

AFTER about eight years in the making, Nimbin’s controversial metal skate park may be sold on eBay to make way for a new concrete park.

Following a flurry of last minute negotiations before the deadline for Federal funds expires on Friday, Nimbin Community Centre Incorporated has agreed to remove the metal structure once funding for the new skate park is finalised.

Lismore council had warned last week that the skate park may be unviable if it was forced to use part of the $449,000 in Federal funds to remove the old steel structure, arguing it did not have the funds to cover the expected $150,000 cost.

However, speaking on behalf of the centre, Dianna Roberts told the meeting that the community did not have the funds either.

She said the bottom had fallen out of the steel market and it was doubtful a buyer could be found.

Ms Roberts also expressed concerns about the need for additional car spaces and a new amenities block.

However, community centre president Dick Hopkins yesterday told The Northern Star that under an agreement nutted out late last week, the centre would take on responsibility for removing the steel structure.

“We intend to look for a possible purchaser in the community in the first place. If we can’t find one we will advertise nationally – we might even put it on eBay so it could end up in California,” he said.

Mr Hopkins said no asking price had yet been determined but ‘we want to at least break even’.

Mayor Jenny Dowell said all the issues that had to be resolved before the council could apply for the funding had now been settled.

She said the council would consider the car spaces and amenities block side-issues as part of the DA process.

“Council may well waive them,” she said.

The report presented at last week’s meeting said if any of the conditions were required and no additional funding was available from council, the only option would be to reduce the size of the skate park.

“A facility any smaller than 600m2 is considered unsuitable and therefore the viability of the entire project would be created into question,” it said.

The council and community centre are still to work out ownership of Peace Park. Under an existing deed with the council, the centre must either take ownership of the land or relinquish its right to purchase it.

While it is understood the centre does not want to exercise its right to buy the land, it means the council must take on the cost of maintenance.

The new skate park is expected to be finished by May.



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