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Attention turns to old skate rink

Richalnds Councillor Milton Dick with residents meets with residents to talk about his plans to see the old Inala skating rink cleaned up.
Richalnds Councillor Milton Dick with residents meets with residents to talk about his plans to see the old Inala skating rink cleaned up. Inga Williams

RICHLANDS councillor Milton Dick is determined not to go down the path to political oblivion as his brother, former Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick.

And he's hoping the dilapidated old skating rink at Inala will become his secret weapon.

Cr Dick, a former ALP state secretary before he entered local government, is hoping the Labor-affiliated members of the Brisbane City Council don't suffer a similar voter backlash as their state colleagues on March 24.

Cameron Dick was one of a swag of Labor MPs who lost their seat as Queensland voters pinned their hopes on LNP leader Campbell Newman.

Flanked by Labor's Lord Mayoral candidate Ray Smith, Cr Dick last week told a gathering of 50 people that revitalising the old skate rink was his number one priority.

The two-storey building, located on Serviceton Ave, once served as a popular venue for social gatherings, exercise and entertainment.

But since the rink closed more than five years ago, the site has become an eyesore; uncared for, unkempt and unnecessary.

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Cr Dick said his plan was for the council to buy the land to create a new recreational park and sporting community precinct.

"Residents are keen for new park equipment, barbecues, picnic shelters and bike tracks to link the Durack Common and Kev Hooper Park," Cr Dick said.

He said residents had waited long enough to see action on the site.

Inala resident Jeff Rosenberg has lived near the neglected rink more than for two decades and has spent years lobbying for the issue to be addressed.

"I grew up in Inala and used to use the facilities with my brothers frequently," Mr Rosenberg said.

"Now the site is a complete eyesore and has been getting worse during the years."

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Mr Rosenberg said he was pleased to see something was finally being done to fix the site for the next generation to enjoy.

Do you have an issue you would like addressed during the council election? Email satellite@qtcn.com.au.


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