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Mum pushes for skate park at Ulmarra

RIDING AHEAD: Ulmarra teenagers Zac Polsen (left) and Toby Baldwin are dreaming of the day their little village will get a skate park. Photo: Debrah Novak
RIDING AHEAD: Ulmarra teenagers Zac Polsen (left) and Toby Baldwin are dreaming of the day their little village will get a skate park. Photo: Debrah Novak

HEARING her teenage sons complain about having nowhere to skate close to home, Ulmarra resident Susan Polsen initially didn't think too much of it.

Since realising the township has next to no outlets for teenagers, however, the mum now hopes to get the ball rolling on a new skate park.

Mrs Polsen said her sons, 13 and 15, were too old for the playground and often ended up inside on computers for lack of something to do.

To stave off boredom, some kids in the area have been known to ride their scooters off the local jetty and into the river.

"It's not ideal. I'd rather them have a safe place to skate around and they need to socialise.

"It's illegal to ride bikes/scooters on the footpaths but the kids do ride their scooters, which are a hazard to the footpath pedestrians (and) it's too dangerous to ride on the roads as the highway runs right through."

Ms Polsen said she thought the best place for a skate facility would be near the Ulmarra showground.

"All we need is just a little skate park like the one in Wooli," she said.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said any application would be considered against applications from other bodies and available funding.

Mr Anderson said an indication of public support; community need and the availability of a suitable site would be advantageous.

The ideal site for a skate park would be close enough to residents for them to passively observe skate park users, but far enough that it would not pose a noise problem.

Topics:  skate park ulmarra



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