The decision of Bass Coast Shire Council at its December 2019 Ordinary Meeting to target Grayden’s Reserve, Newhaven as its preferred site for a regional skateboard park is a clear example of wedge politics at the local government level.
A benefit to some members of the community will be delivered to the detriment of others.
It will be a compromised facility shoehorned into a location which will alienate, diminish and overwhelm a general purpose reserve much valued by residents and visitors.
It was a very sad spectacle to witness councillors pursue such a course which has resulted in the Newhaven and Cape Woolamai community entering 2020 in a fractured and divided state; a very poor reflection on a deficient planning and decision-making process and a most damaging lasting legacy of our current council.
Lamentably, not only will Grayden’s Reserve be permanently scarred but also the fabric and cohesion of the Newhaven and Cape Woolamai community into the future.
Matt Ingham, Newhaven.