Nhill Skate Park consultation provides direction

Baxter Stasinowsky, 8, scoots through Rainbow's new skate park this week. Picture: ELIJAH MACCHIA
Baxter Stasinowsky, 8, scoots through Rainbow's new skate park this week. Picture: ELIJAH MACCHIA

NHILL residents will have further opportunities to help shape their town’s new skate park through a series of community meetings.

Hindmarsh Shire Council hosted a community consultation last week, where parents, teenagers and other residents learned about the development and shared their ideas.

Council received a $100,000 state government grant for the project – which will be at Jaypex Park – in March.

The Nhill park will be the third new one of its kind in the shire, after council officially opened new skate parks in Dimboola and Rainbow this week.

Cr Rob Gersch – who chaired the Nhill meeting – said the council identified a need for the projects about four years ago, and sought grants to ensure they could go ahead.

He said council’s economic and community development manager Phil King spoke to people at the meeting about the history of the Nhill project, including the outcomes of previous community consultations last year.

Mr King also spoke about why Jaypex Park was the preferred site; conceptual designs; council’s budget process for contributing the additional money needed for the project; and how the project would progress.

Cr Gersch said it was a positive meeting with many comments and questions.

“There will be additional community consultations in the future that will include further development of the concept design before the more detailed designs are prepared,” he said.

“Other issues that were raised at the meeting – including security fencing, safety concerns, accessibility and landscaping – will be taken into consideration with future planning and design work.”

The Nhill park will be constructed from concrete, but will feature a different design to the Rainbow and Dimboola parks to provide unique challenges for skaters.

Council will be able to access the government funding from July, and hopes to have final designs for the park finalised by mid to late 2018.

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