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Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Skatepark saga continues

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Take my one-minute quiz. Question: when is a park not a park? Answer: when its open space, the one thing that defines it, is reduced. And what if it’s jam-packed already with two cafés, mega-concrete paths, a gym, tennis courts and club kiosk, a cricket oval (complete with white picket fence), grandstand, […]

Skate park plans shredded and reborn

By Michael Hitch After six years of debate, dispute and foiled plans, the Inner West Council has finally committed to build a skate park in Leichhardt. Council will proceed to undertake community engagement for the development of the skate park near Leichhardt Oval, after years of previously unsuccessful attempts to develop the facility in Rozelle. […]

Skate park insanity

By Michael Hitch The Inner West Council has again sought approval for the development of a skate park in Lilyfield after multiple failed attempts. The Council has sought an urgent meeting with the NSW Ministers of Health and of Environment and Heritage to discuss principal approvals for the development of the park in Callan Park […]

Woollahra Council does 180 on skatepark

BY ANITA SENARATNA Woollahra Council is reconsidering a controversial proposal for youth recreational facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park. Crs Anthony Marano (Liberal) and Matthew Robertson (Greens) put the issue back on the agenda at a recent council meeting, with support from the Residents First party who has councillors in all five wards. The proposal, in […]

Backflip on half pipe

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Leichhardt Council has vowed to overturn the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s decision to deny them a skate park. “The same Government that has let the rest of Callan Park fall apart through neglect says a skate park will damage the ‘heritage’ of the place,” Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne said. “If […]

Half pipe is here

BY RYAN QUINN Leichhardt Council has ‘ollied’ over State Government red tape, finally receiving consent to lodge a Development Application (DA) for the Callan Park Skate Park. The decision, made on November 12 by Callan Park owners, the NSW Health Department, came after many months of friction bteween government and council over the site. Leichhardt […]

Red tape blocks skate

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS New Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne said the state government has “blocked” the council from submitting development application for a skate park, despite support from numerous government agencies. The Labor mayor told City Hub last week that the government had stalled on giving consent for a DA for a skate park in Callan […]

Skaters finally win over City for skate park

The City of Sydney is planning to build the first skate park in 9 years in the Johnsons Creek Parkland development in Glebe.   The plan comes about after extensive lobbying from the Sydney Skateboarding Association, who worked with Labor councilor Linda Scott, who last week successfully moved a motion to build the skate park […]

Bowl-A-Rama skates into Bondi

The skateboarding festival Vans Bowl-A-Rama will celebrate its 10th birthday at the Bondi skate park with six days of events from Tuesday, February 18. The main skateboarding competition will take place on Saturday, February 22 with both Pro and Masters divisions showcasing some of the world’s most successful skaters. The line up includes current world […]