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08 Mar 2018

Skateboard heaven

Today construction workers opened up most of the Riverside Quay park (in front of Eureka tower).

We’ve taken a walk to the new park only to find that it has been occupied by skateboarders and actively used by dog owners as a toilet.

It’s a heaven for skateboarders as there are no metal barriers installed on the concrete features, unlike near the Exxon building.

The tiny green patch of land has already been enjoyed by the local dogs with patches of fresh, picked-up poo throughout. Even when poo is picked up, the grass remains dirty and unsuitable for sitting down or child’s play.

If these issues are not addressed, the park will be unusable by local families and employees of the neighbouring buildings.

Max

 

Park is being destroyed

The new Riverside Quay Park is being destroyed by skater boarders and BMX bikers.

In less than one month of opening, new plants, timber work and concrete borders are begin extensively damaged by skate boarders and BMX bikers who have little or no regard for public property. It is supposed to be there for long-term community use and enjoyment.

With increasingly regular occurrence, groups of revellers meet to skate and ride here, leaving a trail of destruction and rubbish.

Urgent action is required to stop these selfish inconsiderate idiots from turning this area into a ghetto that no one else will or can enjoy.

Jeff Davies

 

Congrats to council

Cr Rohan Leppert and the Melbourne City Council should be congratulated on continuing to argue for a cap on poker machines in the CBD.

Melbourne’s CBD is the only place in Victoria that has no limit. This policy belongs to a time when hardly anyone lived in the CBD. Now there are 44,000 residents. They are entitled to the same protection from gambling harm as everyone else.

Congratulations also to the council for asking poker machine venues to apply for a lesser number of poker machines than they currently operate. With some CBD venues taking over $10 million each year, it’s time to treat gambling like smoking and alcohol, and act to reduce the harm.

Kelvin Thompson

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