Locals see red over skate park maintenance issues
RECENT rainfall has motivated a Rockhampton resident to complain about Rockhampton Regional Council’s maintenance of the Stapleton Skatepark.
Speaking out on behalf of local sporting organisation Rockyrolling, the frustrated resident (who didn’t wish to be named) posted pictures on social media of the skate park inundated by mud and water.
He said their organisation did its best to look after the skatepark, hosting events including Youth Week, Halloween Skate Jam (which had more than 850 people in attendance), and the upcoming CQ Health and Fitness Expo; but the council wasn’t doing enough to maintain the infrastructure.
“I’m am hereby calling out the Rockhampton Regional Council to step up and listen to what the people really want,” the man said.
“For years we have asked for an upgrade to the existing Stapleton Park skate park. We have asked for the drainage issue and dirt issue to be fixed.
“Now once again rain has covered the park in a foot of water and mud, that us at Rockyrolling and others will have to clean.”
He called on RRC to get into contact with him and to work harder to maintain and upgrade the facility which was used by up to 50 people a day.
“I have seen families leave because the park is covered in mud or debris,” he said.
“This is unacceptable. Rockhampton sufferers while Gracemere, Boyne Island, Yeppoon and Mackay get world-class skate facilities.”
The Stapleton Skatepark sits in Division Three, under the jurisdiction of Councillor Tony Williams, who confirmed meeting with the frustrated resident on Friday morning.
“He gave me a list of maintenance issues that we can address, the biggest being the drainage problem. I’m meeting with him again after I suggested he discuss what improvements other users would like to see to the existing facility,” Cr Williams said.
“I said we can come back in a few weeks to talk about what ideas and upgrades could be possible.”
Cr Williams said he had put in a request to meet with someone from Parks/Facilities to look at the drainage as well as maintenance issues relating to the dirt accumulation, picnic tables, cracking surface and lighting problems.