karen Newman started a petition to save the Murwillimbah BMX park.
karen Newman started a petition to save the Murwillimbah BMX park. Tweed Daily News

Skate park gets reprieve

PEOPLE power has had a victory over the future of Murwillumbah's BMX park.

The William Street bike track was marked for demolition by Tweed Shire Council in April but following public submissions councillors decided last week to give the park another chance.

Murwillumbah mother Karen Newman was just one campaigner who was happy to see council reconsidering options for the park.

“The BMX park keeps kids off the main road, so they are not crashing into cars, and they have fun,” Mrs Newman said.

“I have three kids and they have been going there on the holidays.”

Council officers proposed removing the bike-riding facilities, saying they were in disrepair, subject to flooding and little used.

They said the park had come to the end of its lifespan, had maintenance and safety issues and was a significant eyesore.

As soon as Mrs Newman heard this news she started a petition against the park's removal.

“I have about eight pages full of signatures,” she said.

“There's a real support in the community for it.”

Council received 12 submissions regarding the park - nine objected to the closure, one was for it and two supported a relocation.

Among the letter writers was a Murwillumbah High School teacher, who said the school used the facility for sport and students also used it outside school hours.

If the park was removed local children would not have anywhere to go to ride their bikes safely, Mrs Newman said.

“There used to be 10 pin bowling and a roller skate rink but that's all gone.

“Everything is out of town. I'd prefer something that is free and in town.”

Council officers are now undertaking a consultation process with identified stakeholders, which could result in the park being upgraded or relocated.

“I don't think it should be moved,” Mrs Newman said. “It's easy access for everybody where it is now. It's in a handy spot with all the schools.

“I notice the Tweed skate park has been fixed up. They've got to look at Murwillumbah now.”



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