Councillor weighs in on Nimbin skate park

Hopeful Nimbin skaters (l-r) Otto Egan-Schulz, Jake Charles, Marlin Maher, Cameron Haywood McLean and Cameron Lee present Lismore councillor Jenny Dowell with their petition and letters of support for the opening of the skate park.

Lismore City Councillor Jenny Dowell has given her support to a plan to open the Nimbin skate park in time for MardiGrass.

Work stopped on the construction of the award-winning park in 2005 due to noise complaints, but now the Friends of Nimbin Skatepark (FONS) group is preparing a Section 96 variation to the development application to allow the park to open prior to completion.

Cr Dowell said she supported the proposal to open sections of the ramps for a trial period, to measure real usage and the noise generated from it.

On Monday, Cr Dowell was presented with a petition of 475 signatures calling on Council to support the variation application.

The signatures, 85 of which were local, were collected in a week by Nimbin skaters, with the assistance of the Nimbin Chamber of Commerce.

You kids have been incredibly patient, Cr Dowell told the skaters, but would not be drawn on an opening date, saying, The wheels of Council turn very slowly.

Council has to be mindful of the concerns of residents, but it wants to avoid issues that can divide the community.

Together with the petition, the skaters also presented eight letters of support from local businesses and community groups urging Council to fast-track the approval process.

FONS will meet with residents this week to finalise the variation application.

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