MANY years ago our son was in his early teens and interested in Freestyle BMX. We often drove him to different skate park locations throughout the South West, as there wasn’t anywhere suitable in Donnybrook.
We have keenly attended meetings, filled in surveys and written letters regarding the proposal to build a skate park in Donnybrook.
Sadly, our son is now 20 and there is no sign of any skate park.The Shire had initially proposed a site on Marmion Street, which received no community support.
Overwhelming support was given for a location central to the town site and Fun Park.
At a community meeting in February, the Shire brought forth the Reserve Street site (between the Police Station and Fun Park) as a suitable location.
We left that meeting feeling excited that after many years of discussions the youth of Donnybrook were finally going to be heard and they were not only going to have a skate park, but a site that was totally unique and prominent.
Unfortunately, we have now had another meeting to yet again discuss the site for the proposed skate park, having found out this site has also been discussed as a possible site for the Migrant Memorial. The Migrant Memorial Committee were unrepresented at this meeting, so discussions were then focused on skate park locations.
It was frustrating to yet again cover ground that was already covered at the previous meeting, mainly by those who had not attended before.
However, the issue of safety at the Reserve Street site became the main topic of discussion with Councillor Dawson emphatically pointing out that it was not a matter of if, but when a serious accident would occur on that corner.Interestingly, these concerns were never raised at the previous meeting when the Shire put forward the use of that site for the skate park.
Our view is that if there are major safety concerns for this site, then it would be negligent to allow any development at all.
We still feel the Reserve Street site is by far the best location for the skate park, but also understand it is imperative we get the skate park built sooner rather than later, so a compromise may be necessary.
We would like to point out that we endorse the construction of the Migrant Memorial. The Reserve Street site was brought up by the Shire as an ideal location for the skate park; however we never intended to be competing with the Migrant Memorial for that location.
It was a shame the Migrant Memorial Committee didn’t attend the recent meeting.
There is room within the town for both projects, and these meetings are an excellent opportunity to have a say and listen to other points of view.
We find at each meeting we attend, there are points raised and perspectives that we hadn’t thought of. I too am frustrated with the whole process, but compromise is necessary if these projects are to be completed.
Cr Dawson also stated at the meeting the Migrant Memorial Committee is unwilling to consider any other site for their project, and the memorial will not be constructed if it can’t be on that site.
We can only assume this is the real reason why the Migrant Memorial Committee didn’t attend the meeting, and we feel it is unfair of any group to demand their project on any particular site without at least being willing to bring forth intelligent and logical reasons for that choice. In the end, the town needs both of these projects to go ahead.
Having seen the plans for the Heritage Precinct, we believe the Migrant Memorial would be an excellent addition to this wonderful project, and in keeping with its theme and objectives.
This memorial would stand in a very prominent location within the Heritage Precinct, therefore “placing it in an appropriate and significant position” as requested by the Migrant Memorial Committee.For the sake of the youth in this town, we need to get the skate park built.
There has been too much focus on the antisocial behaviour of a small minority of youth in this town, when in reality there are many wonderfully intelligent and sensible young people out there.
They feel like no-one wants to listen, so let’s please support them and show them they are valued.
Surely there is a place for each of these projects within our town.
Many thanks, Knoll Family (Leighton and Kathryn, James, 20, Hayden, 17, and Mitchell, 15) Lowden.
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