Bibra Lake skate park redevelopment could be finished within two years


Liz Walley and councillor Phil Eva. Picture: Jon Hewson d454208
Liz Walley and councillor Phil Eva. Picture: Jon Hewson d454208

THE redevelopment of the Bibra Lake skate park could be finished within two years.

At City of Cockburn’s ordinary council meeting earlier this month, councillors voted to set aside $40,000 from the 2016-17 budget for a concept plan and surveyor report.

Councillor Philip Eva, following a community push, asked the plan be acted upon during the 2017-18 financial year, two years earlier than had been proposed to councillors.

Cr Eva said the successful redevelopment of the western suburbs skate park in Spearwood, which has been praised by kids, parents and professional skaters, showed it was right to push ahead with this project in Bibra Lake

“Elected members are often approached for the provision of facilities to allow a focus on constructive activities for children and youth in the district,” he said.

“What better way than to plan for a facility that we know will provide a great return on our investment.”

The skate park is expected to cost about $650,000.

Included in that cost is a concept design, a detailed design and construction of the park, a 12 bay carpark, landscaping, bench seats and a drinking fountain.

Bibra Lake residents Cameron Giles and Kylie Fuller joined forces with others in the community last year after hearing they shared the goal of seeing the old skate park revamped.

In a deputation to councillors, Bibra Lake Residents Association secretary Michelle Barnett urged council to act on the momentum built by Cameron, Ms Fuller and the community.

“The effort that has already taken place behind the scenes has turned many young riders into community activists who have worked tirelessly for many months to obtain signatures on petitions that have been presented to council,” she said.

“The time is now and not 2020 to show the youth of this community that they are valued and that they are important.”