Justine Elliot MP, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Wiyabul elder Aunty Viv Laurie-King officially open the Nimbin skate park which is already drawing a crowd.
Justine Elliot MP, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Wiyabul elder Aunty Viv Laurie-King officially open the Nimbin skate park which is already drawing a crowd.

Top skaters head for Nimbin park

SOME of the big names of Australian skating – Bugs Fardell, Jesse Noonan and Andrew Currie – have been regular visitors to Nimbin Skate Park, which was officially opened yesterday.

So impressed were the skaters with the facility they posted footage of themselves riding it at www.skateboard.com.au.

However, they are not the only ones singing the concrete bowl's praises.

Wiyabul elder Aunty Viv Laurie-King said, during her “welcome to country”, the new skate park was not only good for Nimbin, but the whole region.

“We waited 10 years for this. Now we have everything in this village...we should cherish what we have,” she said.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said word about the hard-fought-for skate park had spread as far as Sydney, and it was sure to help drive tourism to the town.

“People are already taking detours to come here to use the skate park,” Cr Dowell said.

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot assisted Cr Dowell to unveil a commemorative plaque. She said Nimbin had the best skate park in Australia.

Connor Anderson, 16, of Stony Chute, speaking on behalf of Nimbin skaters thanked the Lismore Council and the Member for Richmond for their support and the funds to build the park.

His mother, Laurelli Anderson, said the park was being well utilised by skaters as young as two and older than 40.

“On the weekends there are about 100 skaters here and in the afternoon after school there are about 50,” she said.,

Neil Morrison got a Special mention for cleaning and caring for the skate park and donating money.