No skating around issue for electors

Yanchep resident Kim Garbutt successfully moved a motion to have the City consider in its 2016-17 budget the design and installation of a skate plaza that would cater for all ages and levels of experience.

Ms Garbutt said it should include family- friendly park amenities and the community should have input into the design, suggesting a youth reference working group be set up.

Speaking at the January 27 meeting, she said the community wanted a facility similar to the $1.6 million Esplanade Youth Plaza, which opened in Fremantle in 2014.

“It’s not just a big bowl of cement; it’s beautifully landscaped; there’s water; there’s trees,” the mother-of-three said.

“We ask you to consider planning for the future for our children.”

Mayor Tracey Roberts said her son, who regularly visited the Fremantle skating facility, also asked why there could not be a similar one in the City of Wanneroo.

Ms Garbutt acknowledged it would take time to develop.

Father and skate boarder Romano Gomes founded the ‘Yanchep Skate Plaza’ group on Facebook, which has almost 900 members.

Mr Gomes said he wanted somewhere with a playground that parents could take toddlers, older children could skate and families could enjoy picnics.

“I was hoping to have it close to the ocean, then we can sell it as a tourist attraction,” he said. “There are not too many decent parks here.

“It’s quite logical that they would have something like that for kids so they don’t wander the street.”

Mr Gomes said there was a petition for the skate plaza circulating, which can be found at Yanchep Central and Village Row shops, as well as Fred’s Hardware Store.

City staff will prepare a report on the motion to present to the council for its consideration.