Community

Wollongbar skatepark one step closer

SKATEBOARD CLINIC: Skaters and parents are pictured with skateboard coach Tony Chavez, Cr Sharon Parry, Cr Ben Smith and Mayor David Wright at a recent clinic at Alstonville.
SKATEBOARD CLINIC: Skaters and parents are pictured with skateboard coach Tony Chavez, Cr Sharon Parry, Cr Ben Smith and Mayor David Wright at a recent clinic at Alstonville.

BALLINA Shire Council is expected to select a contractor for the design and construction of the Wollongbar skatepark at the October 27 council meeting.

Bianca Urbina, spokesperson for the Wollongbar Alstonville Skate Park group, said the group was "really excited to take another step toward a residential facility that caters for young people on the Plateau".

"It's what we've all wanted for a long time," she said.

"There are members of our committee who wanted a skatepark when they were kids and they're making sure the next generation doesn't have to miss out."

The group, Truck Stop SK8 in Ballina, and parents met with Crs Ben Smith and Sharon Parry, and Mayor David Wright, and to talk about the skatepark planned for the corner of Plateau Dr and Rifle Range Rd in Wollongbar.

Local residents have objected to the location of the skatepark in the residential area, and have been campaigning for it to be built at the nearby Wollongbar sports fields.

However, Ms Urbina said it would be possible to resolve the concerns raised by opponents of the park's location once a contractor was selected.

She said "experts with experience in providing these recreational facilities would be able to accommodate the needs of families and young people within the residential area of Wollongbar".

Topics:  ballina shire council



PHOTOS: Wardell Public School 150th celebrations

Wardell Public School students Tanesha Nugent and Sean Wilcox with the plaque that was unveiled during the school's 150th anniversary celebrations.

The fascinating story of the historic Wardell Public School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Showtime at the 2017 North Coast National

2017 North Coast National.

All the fun from the North Coast National - did we take a photo of you?

$5.8 million gallery ready to open its doors

ABOVE AND BELOW: The new Lismore Regional Art Gallery in the city centre has four times the space of its original site, as well as a climate-controlled, flood-free storage area for its permanent collection of more than 1000 pieces.

Permanent collection of more than 1000 pieces

Local Partners