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Skaters move in

08 Mar 2018

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A section of the new community space at Riverside Quay opened for public use last month and has quickly proven to be a paradise for skaters.

While stage one of the Riverside Quay renewal is set to be formally unveiled by Mirvac and the City of Melbourne later this month, locals have expressed their frustration over the skate-friendly space.

Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) president, who sat on the community reference group for the project, said ensuring the space was not skater friendly was a clearly stressed by the community.

“Making sure it would not be attractive to skateboarders was a strong and clear message that came from the working group,” he said.

“It disappoints me to see the damage from skateboards so soon after its public access is made available.”

Other local residents have also expressed their concern to Southbank Local News, stating that the presence of skaters and BMX riders has already caused significant damage to the new community space

Mirvac’s senior development manager Dan Collins told the Riverside Quay Community Reference Group the developer acknowledged the issue and was working with the City of Melbourne on a solution.

“Please be assured that Mirvac is working with the City of Melbourne to modify some elements of the park design so that this damage does not continue to happen,” he said.

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