City youths wait year for skate park
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LAST year the youth of Gladstone were promised a skate park, one year on and they're still waiting for work to start.
Red tape and bureaucracy have prevented any funding for the facility and there is still no idea of how long it could be. Despite Gladstone City Council applying for federal government funding in August last year, it is yet to receive an answer. One person who has been waiting for 'too long' is Jeremy Cosgrove.
Jeremy said when it was announced last year, he hoped it would have been built by now.
Council sport and recreation officer James Black couldn't agree more.
Mr Black has been working with local youth to design the skate park and applying for the funding needed to build it.
'Basically it's just the funding we're waiting on, if we had it, it (the ramp) would be built by now,' he said.
'When people hear 'skate park' in council they tend to cringe because it has been so long and complex.'
Mr Black said he was expecting an answer on their federal funding application in the next 10 to 12 weeks.
The council has provided $75,000 for the project and has applied for $75,000 from the federal and state governments.
However, Mr Black said they could build the skate park without state funding, provided they had approval to accept in-kind support from locals wanting to help with the project.