MORE FOR KIDS: Biloela skate park is set to be upgraded, with a shade to be put over the existing area and numerous other improvements.
MORE FOR KIDS: Biloela skate park is set to be upgraded, with a shade to be put over the existing area and numerous other improvements. Zhanae Conway-Dodd

Big plans for the Biloela skate park

THE Biloela skate park is set to undergo a $180,000 facelift, with hopes the work will be carried out this year.

Initially Banana Shire Council planned to demolish the existing concrete skate park to construct a smaller, module skate ramp arrangement.

However during the first skate park community consultation the public and skate park users indicated they did not want what was initially proposed.

The council went back to the drawing board, with a promise to the public to reassess previous assumptions and plans.

Mayor Nev Ferrier said the council contacted the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative, which advised on possible options for designing new skate parks and repairs of existing concrete skate parks.

"Banana Shire Council contacted specialist concrete repairers, who indicated that the skate park could be repaired and its usable life extended,” Cr Ferrier said.

"We now plan to refurbish the existing skate park.”

The project, which is majority funded by the Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing ($150,000) and Banana Shire Council ($30,000) will include:

  • Repairing the existing skate park
  • Providing a shade shelter for the majority of the existing skate park
  • Construction of a smaller shaded junior skate park adjacent to the existing skate park
  • Provision of a drinking fountain
  • Provision of security cameras for the area
  • Provision of free Wi-Fi (daylight hours only)
  • Provision of lighting
  • General landscaping and pathways.

The second skate park consultation meeting, which was held on Tuesday, was well attended.

"Council explained the revised plan, which was wellreceived,” Cr Ferrier said.

"There were some goodideas and suggestions from skaters to further improve the project - this included maximising the shade roof height to ensurethere was ample room to perform the various stunts.”


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