Skates off

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Kyuss, 8, Bronson, 4, Rudy, 11, and Poppy Stevens, 10, lament the closure of the Dunsborough Skatepark
Camera IconKyuss, 8, Bronson, 4, Rudy, 11, and Poppy Stevens, 10, lament the closure of the Dunsborough Skatepark Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Busselton and Dunsborough skatepark closures were met with frustration this week from children and parents.

During a press conference on Sunday night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, implementing a new two-person limit on gatherings in public spaces including playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks.

Dunsborough mother Christina Paul said she was afraid of the mental health issues kids would face because of the pandemic restrictions.

“Kids can’t be crammed up in our homes for six months — they should have restrictions on social gatherings but if they are supervised and doing the right thing they should be allowed to use sporting facilities like the skate park,” she said. Skateboarding competitor Claudia Duane said skate parks shouldn’t be classified as the same as playgrounds because it was an Olympic sport.

“We can come down to the oval and play other sports such as basketball, soccer and tennis and skateboarding is a sport like them,” she said.

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