Youth petition for Town of Seaside skate park

Young Town of Seaside skateboarders present councillor Debbie Blumel with a petition for a half-pipe this week. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1753
Young Town of Seaside skateboarders present councillor Debbie Blumel with a petition for a half-pipe this week. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1753 Mike Garry

IN any type of physical activity, timing is everything, and it seems young skateboarders from Town of Seaside have a great sense of timing.

They have organised a petition in support of a half-pipe in their town at the same time as the Sunshine Coast Council is examining the management of existing skate and BMX parks and where to build new ones.

This week the skateboarders, some as young as seven, presented their petition with 80 signatures of support to their local councillor Debbie Blumel.

Ten-year-old Mitchell McCone was one of the organisers of the petition.

“It's pretty boring on Saturdays,” he said.

“There's nothing much to do and skate parks are really fun.”

Mitchell's dad Gordon said he was not the biggest fan of skateboarding but admired what the young people had done.

“This petition has been driven by the children - they've really taken ownership of it. They have been walking the neighbourhood collecting signatures,” Mr McCone said.

“There might be some people who object to it but the problem at the moment is they're building ramps on the streets, they're jumping over footpaths - it stops all that.

“Skate boarding is a fact of life - there needs to be somewhere safe for kids to play, instead of random footpaths and car parks.”

Connor Marker, 16, said a skate facility would keep the kids off the streets and give them a place to hang out.

The nearest skate parks to Town of Seaside are at Mudjimba and Coolum Beach.

Ms Blumel congratulated the children on their initiative.

“It helps me to argue at Council for them to have money allocated in the budget … it demonstrates that there is a big demand,” she said.

“It's the second skate park petition I've received in the past year. I think it shows how important these facilities are to the young people in the community,” she said.

“This will feed into Council's skate and BMX strategy, which we're developing at the moment so it's very timely that they've done it right now.

“I'll be making sure that the people developing that strategy receive this petition and I'll be asking them to come and talk directly to the kids here to look at different designs and find some suitable land for a skate facility here.”

The petition is scheduled to be tabled on Thursday, September 17.

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