Skaters? patience to be rewarded
IF you believe patience is a virtue, then Yamba must be home to some of the world's most virtuous skaters.
The story behind the community's drive to have a skatepark built in Yamba is long and involved, but it looks as though a happy ending might be written into the script for local skaters.
This week the Yamba Skate Park Committee's cause was boosted by a $1200 donation from the Angourie Boardriders Association.
The donation comes after Yamba's Mitchell family and Billabong founder Gordon Merchant each chipped in $5000 to help take the committee's fundraising total to $27,000, just short of its $30,000 target.
Committee president and skatepark designer Peter Sullivan said discussions had recently been held with Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley to confirm council's support for the project.
Mr Sullivan said council had agreed to contribute $60,000 towards the project and, providing some small changes were made to the plans, hoped it could give the green light to start construction by the end of the year.
However, council's final approval on the plan also relies on the outcome of its negotiations with the Yamab markets, which currently lease the skate- park's proposed site.