Marina Reserve, St Kilda, skate park (11.12.2013)

Written on the 12 December 2013

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith.

The issue is also relevant to him as Minister for Youth Affairs. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the Deputy Premier at the opening of the Marina Reserve upgrade in St Kilda. This reserve is on the beach and has a number of recreational attractions, including obviously the beach and parklands, but also a skate park, which is an important facility for many people but around which there has been some contention. As I said, I was at the opening of the upgraded Marina Reserve representing the two ministers who, along with the Port Phillip City Council and others, contributed money towards development of the reserve.

A leading skateboard rider, Renton Millar, was at the opening. He is well known within his sporting field and has been a great advocate for the skate park; he says it is one of the best in the world. Renton made the point that a company called Globe, which promotes skateboarding activities, is located close by in Port Melbourne. If this skate park were opened up for some competition events throughout the year, it would be a great attraction and would help promote the local economy of St Kilda. Renton is a great champion of the sport and competes on a regular basis around the world. Currently there is an inability to hold events at the skate park.

My question to the minister is whether he can review the coastal consent framework that applies to the reserve so that events would be able to be held at that skate park. We are not talking about multiple events; it would be a few events throughout the year. This is a very worthy activity to undertake in such a precinct.

Hopefully the minister will consider this request favourably.

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