PARK ON WAY: Nimbin skateboarding locals Richard (father) and Ry Burer, 13, in Nimbin’s main street.
PARK ON WAY: Nimbin skateboarding locals Richard (father) and Ry Burer, 13, in Nimbin’s main street. Jay Cronan

Nimbin to get skate park

A SKATE park for Nimbin has come one step closer to reality.

Lismore City Council decided to commit its Commonwealth Community Infrastructure Funding to the construction of a concrete park in the village.

About 40 members of the Nimbin community were at Tuesday's council meeting to witness the vote, with 14-year-old Connor Anderson speaking on behalf of the village during public access.

“To have a skate park in my home town would be a dream come true,” said Connor, who returned from a family holiday at Woody Head to speak at the meeting.

Connor said when he looked at the current skate park, which the council said should be demolished because it would never comply with noise requirements, he saw a 'sad, messy area of wasted metal and unhappiness'.

“We have waited long enough,” he said.

However, councillors appeared to need little persuasion to allocate $449,000 to the park. The motion was passed unanimously.

Yesterday word about the new park had begun to get around Nimbin.

Ry Burer, 13, said everyone was pleased with the news. When asked whether he was disappointed the old skate park was to be torn down, he said it was time the community moved on.

At a workshop in August councillors looked at how the funding could be used. Two other projects mooted for the fund were the Lismore Lake Water Park and stage two of the Nesbitt Park upgrade. However, the council saw the skate park as being of a higher priority.

Cr Simon Clough thanked the people of Nimbin for their participation on the democratic process.

He said the park would provide young people in the village with the opportunity to have some 'good, clean fun'.

A decision about what to do with the existing park will be made today by the Nimbin Community Centre, builders of the park.



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