A new 16-person committee has been formed to help drive the future upgrade of the popular skate park.
The Corowa Skate Park Upgrade Committee will include three Federation Councillors (one to act as chairperson), three Youth Councillors, two skate park users and two parents of skate park users.
The committee will also comprise a project manager, high school teacher representative, special interest group - skate park extension committee, a general community representative and a police representative.
Council has appointed Trinity Skate Parks as the consultant for the project, at an estimated cost of $22,000. Council has $333,170 in grant funding towards the project and community groups are providing $16,140 making a total budget of $349,310.
“I’d like to think we’ll have an upgraded skate park by March 2019,” Federation Council’s Director Infrastructure and Environment Peter Gall told The Free Press.
The consultant has proposed a four-phase program: project initiation and preliminary consultation, site investigation, community engagement and concept design, detailed design and community engagement, and construction and handover.
Key actions and dates include community consultation by June 15, a final design by July 13 and construction documentation handover to council in October.
Mr Gall said that at each stage of the project, community feedback will be sought.
“Decision points will be agreed by community input, through surveys and consultations, and then raised with council directors and ultimately with council regarding the final design and location,” he said at council’s monthly meeting on May 15.
He said the committee will operate under a project steering committee charter. “The charter is to ensure all members work to the stated goals of the project and in the best interests of the community,” he said.
“The committee is an advisory committee only and not a designated Section 355 committee and as such the Minutes and any recommendations passed will be forwarded to council as required, for any endorsement.”
Deputy mayor Shaun Whitechurch, Cr David Longley and Cr Gail Law were named as committee members, at council’s May meeting.
At its April meeting, council received a petition from two skate park users expressing concern about any plan to move the skate park from its present site and had previously resolved a notice of motion that required the park to stay in its current location, unless there was significant community concerns about the current site.
The two skate park users were applauded by councillors on their presentation.
At council’s May meeting, Deputy Mayor Whitechurch said it was “a rather large committee”. “It’s important to get the project started and finished, and get some funding to make it good for everyone,” he said.
Noting the two skate park members on the committee, Cr Gail Law said it was important “they have a good say”. Council is in the process of seeking Expressions of Interest for the committee.