Skate-park plans to be revisited

Sporting groups in Lennox Head have welcomed a Ballina Shire Council decision aimed at accommodating all existing uses of the village green known as Williams Reserve, including a skate park.

More than 400 peopleturned out for a Save Williams Reserve public celebration rally on Saturday, organised by Lennox Heads Combined Sports Association aimed at keeping the reserve as an active sporting field for all and to stop the encroachment of a proposed skate park intothe existing sporting area.

Several Ballina Shire councillors attended the rally and sausage sizzle and inspected the reserve to see where the proposed facilities, such as the skate park, would be built.

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, Council resolved to modify architectural designs so the skate park could be incorporated into the proposed Lennox Head Community Centre footprint.

In that debate, Cr Peter Moore said Council could accommodate all three uses but Cr Alan Rich said he was concerned the community could have its hopes falsely raised with the skate park facility ending up only catering for beginners or youngsters, 12 years or under and not for advanced skaters or older teenagers.

Sports association president Darel Vidler said he was pleased Council had decided to revise plans to accommodate all users.

Its what we initially wanted. Its essential the field remains intact, as our long-term goal is to get an assurance from Council that sport will always have a place on that field, even when other grounds in the area are developed, Mr Vidler said.


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