Skate park waits for government funding decision

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE ducks are proving difficult to line up in order to make Gladstone's long awaited skate park a reality.

One hurdle was cleared recently when the state government gave an exemption that will allow the council to use in-kind assistance offered by a company wanting to help construct the skate park.

However there is still no word as to whether the state government will provide funding.

Even if the government does decide to back the project the money will not arrive until July next year.

Gladstone City Council environmental services manager Brent McAlister said while the council had submitted an expression of interest to the state government, it was now 'out of round', meaning the money wouldn't come until the new finan-cial year.

'We were told by them (the state government) not to bother applying at the start, so we didn't,' Mr McAlister said.

'Now we have been advised to, but because it is out of round we wouldn't get the money until July 1.'

Mr McAlsiter said an application for $75,000 was still with the federal government, with an answer expected soon.

The federal government is expected to back the project, however Mr McAlister said the its support was dependent upon the state government coming to the party with a donation.

Mr McAlister said the council would decide on a course of action after it received word from the federal government.

It will decide to either proceed with the project without assistance from the state government, or proceed with the application and wait until July next year.



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