St Kilda Hosts Skate Competition

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Young skaters can test their skills at Marina Reserve this month in a trial competition to help evaluate whether other events should be allowed at the popular St Kilda site.

Mayor Amanda Stevens said Port Melbourne based Globe International would host the Under 16 Australian Skateboard Championship at the Marina Reserve skate park on 21 March.

“Council is already undertaking extensive community consultation with residents and park users to help gauge community support for events at this venue,” Cr Stevens said.

“We will carefully consider all views which can be provided to Council online on our Have Your Say page until a week after the event. We are also seeking feedback onsite, door to door and in telephone surveys.”

Cr Stevens said some residents had previously expressed concerns that events in the reserve could lead to anti-social behaviour and noise. This view needed to be considered alongside calls by young skaters for Council to support them having the same opportunity as other recreational participants.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning consent was required for the trial as its planning conditions for the foreshore reserve prohibit events, including skating competitions and skate lessons.

The community feedback will be incorporated into a report to be considered by Councillors when deciding whether to ask the Department to vary its rules to allow events which meet Council’s Outdoor Events Policy.

Globe International Vice-President Steve Douglas said the event would showcase the new wave of talented boys and girls who were already winning competitions and provide an inclusive community based activity.

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