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Petition leads Kalamunda to consider skate plan

AS the City of Swan struggles with its own skating dilemma Kalamunda is moving forward, with a plan to develop a skating facility at Stirk Park put out for public comment.

The plan is the direct result of two young Kalamunda skaters, Finn Caffrey and Fabian Evans.

The 16-year-olds, who attend Lesmurdie Senior High School and Kalamunda Senior High School respectively, submitted a petition of 150 signatures to the City of Kalamunda late last year.

They included photos exhibiting the run-down nature of Kalamunda Skate Park and statements on its lack of facilities.

 “The current skate park is located beside a busy road and is considered to present a danger to both skaters and families attending the park,” the petition said.

“It’s also a run-down, single purpose facility which does not lend itself to attracting new users.”

The two boys suggested the skate park be relocated to Stirk Park to create an inclusive, active and safe space for people to come together.

“Stirk Park…is more central and will attract the attention of more casual traffic through the park. 

“This location also importantly gives access to toilet facilities, more seating arrangements as well as the extensive grass area for non-skating family members to play and relax in close proximity.”

Mayor John Giardina congratulated the boys on taking the time to address the Council with their petition and for bringing forward the view of local youth.

Fabian said he was happy the City were considering his suggestions.

“I was a bit surprised, because we’re younger and maybe not everyone cares about this sort of thing but I’m really glad they’re moving forward with it,” he said.

The City of Kalamunda will undertake further consultation with the community on the proposal to provide a new and improved skate facility at Stirk Park. 

“We are committed to Stirk Park being a green open space where all generations of the community can gather to relax, play and meet up and enjoy its surrounds and tranquil setting,” Cr Giardina said.

To have your say on Kalamunda Skate Park and whether it should be relocated to Stirk Park, visitengage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au 

Surveys can also be completed online at the City of Kalamunda Administration building at 2 Railway Rd, Kalamunda. 

Hard copies of the survey are available at all local libraries as well as the City of Kalamunda Administration building.

Comments close Wednesday, April 25.

By Liam Ducey


About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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