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Tuross needs a skatepark!

In 2010 Eurobodalla Shire Council was formally approached to investigate a skate ramp option for Tuross Head youth.

Possible provision of skateboard facilities was identified in Council's Recreation and Open Space Management Plan.

At the time of public consultation in 2009 the Tuross Head Progress Assoc supported Tuross youth in their request for skateboard facilities.

This support was recognised in the 2010 the Recreation and Open Space Strategy that included, for Tuross Head an option for youth facilities being “skate spots along shared pathways”.

Since the date of the Strategy Council has been asked Where the spots might be and What would be allowed to be built. Suggestions of Kyla Oval, Monash Avenue foreshore and Tuross Boulevarde have been put forward providing like components to the Moruya Skate park. Council have not yet determined Where and What.


In recent years Council has upgraded playground equipment, installed new cricket practice nets, financially assisted the Tuross Basket Ball court project, resurfaced two tennis courts, assisted in installing more tennis court lights and contributed to over 50m of additional cycleway there is still an unmet need for specifically requested skateboard facilities .


Whilst Tuross youth enjoy skateboarding down Hawkins or Trafalgar Road it is long overdue that we offer facilities that are off the road ways of the town.

Council's youth officer now has a formal request to meet parents and children of Tuross to discuss what components they want and where they want them.

While Council might say they have no money to build a ramp they need to confirm for the town where a skate facility might be able to go and what can be constructed.

Once agreed to the Tuross community can, as they always have done before, raise the money themselves and build it.

Councils Recreation Management Plan is set to be reviewed in 2015 and this is one recreation facility that we need to press for.

Being told that there are centralised facilities at Batemans Bay, Broulee, Moruya and Narooma where our children can travel to is not good enough any longer and parents are perplexed that these facilities are being expanded elsewhere while Tuross has no facility at all yet have asked for a skating facility for over a decade.

The time has come to determine Where and What so that the community can rally and build a skate facility for our kids.

We can then sort out the When and How.