Skating On Thin Ice

Youth using one of the Port Stephens Council Skate Parks responsibly.

 

IN what might be seen as a growing problem, some of our young skateboarders could be skating on thin ice when it comes to the law.

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There are some growing community concerns about skateboarders on private property and in public places.

Concerns have also been raised about antisocial behaviour when skaters are congregating in and around the shopping precincts.

It is an issue that has seen tempers rise and there is now a matter before the courts.

While Port Stephens Council have developed some great skate parks it seems that some of our local youth are happier skating in an urban landscape.

Unfortunately this can create a safety issue particularly for our elderly residents.

The skate park at Fly Point is almost half way between the commercial centres of the townships of Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay.

The Council skate park offers great challenging skating as well as skating for those developing their skills.

Medowie, Raymond Terrace, Anna Bay, Karuah, Salt Ash, Seaham, Medowie, Wallalong and Mallabula all have skate parks.

Skaters are encouraged to use the dedicated facilities and not to skate in the shopping precincts or contrary to signs which denote some precincts as no skating.

Transport NSW tells us that, “Foot scooters, skateboards and rollerblades may be ridden on footpaths unless signs specifically prohibit them, however, riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.

“On separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders must use the section designated for bicycles, but must keep out of the path of any bicycle.”

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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