Biker gets the jump on repairs
THE Kingaroy skatepark is in line for an upgrade thanks to one young man's efforts.
Dylan Devitt started a petition a few months ago with the aim of getting the South Burnett Regional Council to fix a number of safety flaws at the park.
During that time Mayor Keith Campbell heard of his efforts and reached out to move things along.
"I had a meeting with the mayor about two weeks ago,” Dylan said.
"They said they would redo a fair bit of the skatepark now and maybe build a new one later on.”
There are a number of safety concerns at the park.
These include the fly-outs behind the half pipes having eroded away, leaving deep ruts.
The council will also look at installing hand railing at the roll-ups to prevent young folk from falling off the back while waiting to drop in.
There is an option to replace the boxes and grind rails in the centre of the park.
When skaters overshoot the half pipe they land on very uneven ground and risk injury.
Dylan said he was stoked the mayor reached out.
"It was pretty cool: the mayor emailed the principal at my school and he gave me a note, mum called them up and we set a up a meeting,” he said.
Cr Campbell said the council was working on a quote to upgrade the park.
He said if money could not be found in the current budget they would schedule it for the 2018/19 financial year.
"The extension of the concrete pad is the priority for the skatepark users to give them additional space to complete their moves,” Cr Campbell said.
"I want to congratulate Dylan for the mature and professional manner that he presented his case.
"He was constructive and helpful and this is the mood I approached our rate payers during the council road shows so we could find opportunities for council to work with individuals and groups to make a better South Burnett.
"To be honest I sometimes feel we don't have a close enough relationship with our younger residents.”
Cr Campbell said he saw big things in Dylan's future.
"He is obviously very passionate about his sport and could have a future career in BMX,” he said.