Nimbin mum Laurelli Anderson and Marcus Mantscheff, Community Centre co-ordinator.
Nimbin mum Laurelli Anderson and Marcus Mantscheff, Community Centre co-ordinator.

Nimbin skate park approved

There were doubters who said it would never happen, but the Nimbin community has welcomed the news that the federal government has approved Lismore City Council’s application for $449,000 to build a new skate park.

The money for community infrastructure projects was part of the Rudd government’s stimulus spending package.

“Woo-hoo!” was the response from Nimbin Community Centre co-ordinator Marcus Mantscheff when The Echo called and told him the news.

Management Committee president Dick Hopkins was more measured but equally enthusiastic in his response.

“It’s great news. We were a bit concerned that it was taking so long, but we’re all very happy about it,” he said. “The kids and the skaters will be very happy we can finally get a facility up and running for them.”

Fourteen-year-old Connor Anderson made an impassioned plea to Lismore councillors last year when they were discussing which project or projects should be put forward for the federal government funding. His mum, Laurelli, has been driving him to the skate parks at Goonellabah and Ballina for years and is thrilled that her driving days will soon be over.

“I drive him and his mates to Goonellabah just about every weekend and I’ve seen just about every movie that’s come out in Lismore... Jenny Dowell rang me this morning (Monday) and I can’t wait to go home and tell Connor... The boys will be very excited, it’s been a long time coming,” Laurelli said.

Mayor Jenny Dowell said it was “wonderful news”.

“There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and the Department wanting extra information so we weren’t overly confident it would be approved. But it is absolutely essential for the young people of Nimbin,” she said.

Mayor Dowell said Council will now get the community involved with the design process and hoped it could start “pretty quickly”.


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