A LACK of community support for Koroit’s first skate park has ended with Moyne Shire binning the proposal.
Despite a petition last year with over 160 names calling for the park, council says reception has been lukewarm.
Councillors voted to defer the project on Tuesday night and will likely seek out other worthwhile projects for young people in the township.
“That report has shown there’s been a lack of interest to the park, in fact there’s been some opposition to the park in the community,” physical services director Trev Greenberger said.
Cr Colin Ryan said it was “sensible” to step back and wait.
“We’re not walking away from the youth of Koroit, we’re making sure our money is well placed,” he said.
“Koroit is a changing place for children growing up.”
The Blackwood Centre’s village green had been earmarked as the possible spot for skaters.
Cr Mick Wolfe questioned whether there was a genuine demand for the skate park among Koroit residents.
“How long are we going to defer it for? Are we going to have 10 years until the new generation grows up or are we going to give it another year or forget it,” Cr Wolfe said.
Organisers of last year’s petition have since left the area.
Moyne sent out 1200 surveys asking for feedback but only received 29 responses.
A skate park was estimated to cost $140,000. Council had already taken steps towards raising funds by applying for a $60,000 state government grant.
Council also voted to drop that application on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the state government yesterday announced it would allocate $100,000 to Hamilton’s skate park to be spent on new ramps, rails and launch areas.
Lowan MP Hugh Delahunty said the cash would increase the size of the park and make it safer.