Disengaged youth gravitate to the CBD because they yearn to receive acknowledgment from the adult community. That's why the the Town Council’s proposed “family bike and skate facility” should be right in the town centre, writes youth worker RAINER CHLANDA. The kids will be keen to exhibit their talents, it would breathe life and excitement into the CBD whilst sending a message to the youth that they are welcome and valued.
Councillors are none the wiser, following last night’s committee meetings, about the circumstances of a skateboarder copping a hefty fine for failing to show proof of identity. Councillor Chansey Paech, who is championing a more inclusive approach towards skaters and cyclists in the CBD, asked for clarification from CEO Rex Mooney. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Also of interest: councillors considering a proposed Register of Pecuniary Interests; financial reports disclosed in open.
Pictured: Plenty of 'NO' signs at the entrance to the mall; no welcome sign.
Cold water was poured on the idea that construction would go ahead on the Melanka site as soon as mid-year in the Town Council meeting last night.
The Centralian Advocate ran a front-age story on March 6, quoting real estate agent Doug Fraser, that the plans have been down-sized and the owners hope to start selling "off the plan" in June with building to begin soon afterwards.
Greg Buxton, council's Director of Technical Services, in response to an enquiry from Alderman Eli Melky, said if the plans have been changed by more than 10% the developers may be required to make new submissions to the Development Consent Authority (DCA).
Mr Fraser, the manager of L J Hooker, says: "The owners have had discussions with the Town Planning Authority and have received a positive response.
"Obviously the project needs to be approved by the DCA with council having their input. We would hope that council would not unduly delay the project." KIERAN FINNANE reports. PICTURED: A drawing of the complex as it was planned originally.