Elated at the thought that soon they’ll have a skate park at Alby Lofts Oval in Brunswick Heads are (from left) Matthew Denehy, Jordan Burton and Joel Murphy-Parker.
Elated at the thought that soon they’ll have a skate park at Alby Lofts Oval in Brunswick Heads are (from left) Matthew Denehy, Jordan Burton and Joel Murphy-Parker.

Council calls tenders for skate park

It’s taken eight years of lobbying by the community, but the long-awaited Brunswick Heads skate park should finally become a reality later this year.

Last week Byron Shire Council resolved to call tenders for the construction of the skate park, to be constructed within the Alby Lofts Oval at the front of the playing fields at Brunswick Heads.

The construction is subject to advice from the NSW Lands Department regarding a possible Native Title claim on the land, but skate park committee members are privately confident that this is unlikely following an informal discussion with one of the district’s elders.

The ‘Sk8’ committee is elated that finally the community will have somewhere to go to have fun and let off steam.

And more importantly, that local kids will be able to do so in a safe place.

“This is really positive news after such a long wait,” said Sk8 committee member Peter Hastrich.

“The kids get picked on for hanging out in the street, but now we have somewhere to direct them.”

If the committee is elated, then the kids are over the moon.

“Finally we’ll have somewhere to skate,” said local Joel Murphy-Parker, “and somewhere to hang out the whole day.”

Not all the kids planning on hanging out are little ones, however – chamber of commerce president and Sk8 committee member Matthew Denehy will be out there with the best of them.

“The only difference between me when I was 17 and me at 37 is that now I drive to the skate park,” he said with a laugh, after executing an impressive jump on the portable ramp borrowed from Peter Hastrich’s surf shop.

Matthew is happy to be part of a chamber of commerce activity that is not about business but about the good of the community as a whole.

He has plans for bubblers and shade once the park has been built, and meanwhile the public will be able to view a display of the tender design in the window of the Brunswick Surf Shop on The Terrace at the end of this week.

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