Opinion

Editorial - July 26: Skate park a result of public vote

IT TOOK years of lobbying to achieve a new skate park for Coffs Harbour and, until this current council took office, such a development must have proved a tough sell to civic leaders as a worthy investment of public funds.

Looking back, the determined momentum raised by young skaters and riders and their families could not be ignored, especially when this council was elected.

In August, 2012, as candidates campaigned for the council election, The Advocate put the question to the public: What are the important issues the incoming council needs to address and achieve in its first term?

Readers were then polled on the 12 most popular responses in the paper, online and on social media, carrying a one vote per device restriction.

After a month, the poll closed with almost 5000 responses fielded and one clear majority shining through.

Overwhelmingly, 28% said a skate park was the most important issue ahead of the Coffs Harbour City Council election.

So today whether you're still for or against the Brelsford Park skate plaza, in principle it's an investment in the city's youth and one that provides safety by getting kids off the street.

Skate boarding has never been a crime; it's just that the options, until now, have been limited.

Matt Deans

Topics:  editorial, opinion



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