DRAINAGE ISSUE: RRC is responding after complaints were made regarding the condition of the Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.
DRAINAGE ISSUE: RRC is responding after complaints were made regarding the condition of the Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.

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.

Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.
Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.

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.

Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.
Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.

“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.

Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.
Stapleton Park skate park following recent rain.

“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.

Rockhampton Regional Councillor Tony Williams is addressing resident concerns about the condition of the Stapleton Skatepark.
Rockhampton Regional Councillor Tony Williams is addressing resident concerns about the condition of the Stapleton Skatepark.

“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.

Overhead view of the Stapleton Skatepark.
Overhead view of the Stapleton Skatepark.


TUESDAYS WITH JORDIE: Change of attitude on the menu

TUESDAYS WITH JORDIE: Change of attitude on the menu

Columnist Jordie Lynch says its time for a change of attitude when giving...

CQ mine workers on drugs charges

premium_icon CQ mine workers on drugs charges

TWO men have fronted court for methamphetamine and cannabis offences.

Former business owner walks down the memory lane

premium_icon Former business owner walks down the memory lane

‘The reason we did survive so long because we did change with the times …. You have...