Overwhelming support for Banksia Grove skate park proposal


Concept design of the Banksia Grove skate park.
Concept design of the Banksia Grove skate park.

A PROPOSED skate park in Banksia Grove has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The City of Wanneroo presented a report to last week’s council meeting, which showed 92.8 per cent of responses received during public consultation were in favour of the concept plan for a skate park at Grandis Park.

There were 479 responses, a 22.7 per cent return rate, of which 393 supported the concept design and 52 supported the project but with minor suggested changes such as additional quarter and half pipes, connectivity to the bowl from the street section and water fountains.

The 34 people against the proposal objected for reasons including there was potential for antisocial behaviour, its proximity to Pinjar Road and that funds should be used for other projects.

The report said the City would work with developer Banksia Grove Development, young residents and Skateboarding WA during the detailed design phase to investigate the suggested changes, as well as the provision of a drink fountain and toilet access.

To reduce the risk of antisocial behaviour the City’s youth services will engage with young people prior to and after project completion to “reinforce positive behaviours and to develop a sense of ownership to the facility”.

“It is envisaged that this process will have a strong link to the local primary and secondary schools,” it said.

Councillors unanimously supported the outcome, with Cr Samantha Fenn pleased to see the strong community support for it and the developer going “over and above” to provide the facility, and the City will now apply for a $200,000 State Government grant to help fund the project.

If successful, the City will contribute $200,000 and $208,000 will come from the developer.

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