Maranoa Regional Council
Maranoa Regional Council

DEVELOPMENT: ‘Sizeable’ amount of money for Roma skatepark

AS PART of Maranoa Regional Council’s 2020/21 budget, a $20,000 ‘Master Plan’ has been allocated to ask community members what upgrades they would like to see at the Roma skatepark.

At this week’s council meeting, all nine councillors voted in favour of allowing Trinity Skateparks to consult with the community to ask what areas could do with improvements and what they would want out of a new skatepark.

The Sunshine Coast-based business, has proposed a range of stakeholder engagement options for their in-person visit next month.

This includes online surveys, community consultation sessions, public workshops, pop-up community consultation and visits to schools if required.

Mayor Tyson Golder said $20,000 is a large amount of money for a Master Plan and suggested the company pay visit to other skateparks in the Maranoa.

“It’s a sizeable amount of money for a Master Plan and I’m wondering whether when looking for extra value, having them visit the other five areas in the Maranoa to find out their future needs,” he said.

“If they’re coming out here, they could go to Surat and call in.

“It adds value with the other communities and we’re able to get some feedback for our next budget and what other areas need.

“Things change in the sporting industry, we could get extra value – it doesn’t take long to travel an hour each way, we might get some value for our next budget.”

Deputy mayor Geoff McMullen asked whether a particular resident could be consulted.

“She’s very involved in cleaning up the skatepark regularly,” he said.

Council agreed this local could have their input.

Cr Joh Hancock moved that council:

  • Approve the Stakeholder Engagement Plan for the Roma Skatepark Master Plan as presented
  • Write to Mr Bryon Hafemeister advising him that a budget allocation of $20,000 had been approved to develop and Master Plan for the Roma Skatepark and that council will be in contact in due course to discuss the project; and
  • In conjunction with the project discuss with the contractor of other projects across the region, with a further report presented to council for consideration at a future meeting in this regard.

Cr John Birkett seconded the motion and there was no opposition.

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