Council’s desire to move quickly towards new skate-boarding facilities is welcome, but Matty Day, youth advocate and leading light of local skateboarders with extensive experience in the industry, says the plans before council are flawed and cautions against haste. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The Town Council's brave new policy of enticing young people into Todd Mall came crashing down at the council meeting last night. In the latest backflip on skateboarding, the trial approved two weeks ago to permit the sport for three months has been scuttled on the vote of all members except Councillor Chansey Paech, who initiated the trial and stuck by his guns. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
PHOTO: Part of the public gallery at last night's meeting: Most are members of the anti-skateboardig deputation. In the back row, left, is council candidate John Bridgefoot. He says he is in favour of a trial but believes that the amphitheater solution is better, and "would make it safer for both the skaters and the people in the northern end of the mall".
Just as surfers achieve their eloquence by unifying with and conquering the ocean (something that has occurred naturally), skateboarding can only achieve its yearned artistic expression when done in a ‘natural landscape’. Skateboarders define any terrain that isn’t purposefully built to skate as natural. Skateboarding is inherently something done outside of regiment. RAINER CHLANDA (pictured) provides a perspective on what 'the street' means to skaters, why skating the street is central to their culture.
Another skateboarder, Storm Vincent, has been fined $576 by town council rangers for not producing ID – which he had shown to rangers – and in addition, $144 for skateboarding in the CBD. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.