LONG WAIT FOR HAPPY FATE
Ebony Harper, Tom Garner, Ollie Aitken and Willow Harper are all taking full advantage of the completed stage one of the Euroa Skate Park Precinct, and look forward to seeing what’s to come.
IT was two young boys, with an admiration for skating, bmx and scooting that sparked the beginning of the Avenel Multi Use Precinct.
This week, the Precinct was successful in their application for the Andrews Government Pick My Project initiative.
The community raised $20,000 to start Stage 1 of the project and were asking for $99,500 to complete the precinct.
It was the persistence of Avenel locals Tom Garner and Ollie Aitken, who many years ago were hounding their local action group and council for a skate park in their town.
After writing a persuasive piece back in his year six English class about why he believed Avenel should have a skate park, Tom had hope that his letter could lead to something.
“I use to just want to get out and ride my scooter every day but I couldn’t, so that’s why I started it,” Tom said.
“I feel like it will really help young kids get out and want to be active.”
Along with the help of his father Stephen Garner and mate Ollie, they delivered their initial pledge to the Avenel Action Group, which then saw a subcommittee created with a specific vision for the park.
With a clear passion for the skate park in his son, Stephen headed up the subcommittee which took no time raising funds in the community, through sausage sizzles and cake stalls at the school.
Fellow skate park advocate Ollie said if you don’t play cricket, footy or tennis than there is nothing for you to really do.
“Even if you’re not riding you can just come down and talk to your mates it’s just a different place to be social which is great,” Ollie said.
The community project received 259 votes from a community of around 1000, and the creator of the pick my project page Jeff Moran said it will be great for the younger generation coming through.
“The primary school and kindergarten are bulging in the lower demographics, you know the three four five six year olds,” Mr Moran said.
“The primary school here has a huge enrolment in their lower grades, so there are a lot of young kids coming up through the town that need a facility where they can just hang out, socialise and keep fit.”
Hughes Creek Ward Councillor Malcolm Little said it is very exciting to hear Stages 2 and 3 of the Avenel multi-use activity precinct have received funding through the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
“This has been a huge community effort and I’m so thrilled that Avenel has been rewarded for their hard work,” Cr Little said.
“The activity precinct will be in a great central position in the town and will promote the social and physical wellbeing of our evergrowing younger demographic.
“Developing this kind of key infrastructure is vital to strengthening and growing our communities and enhancing the regional living experience.”
The community youth driven precinct for skating exercise and wellbeing will be available 24/7 in a safe accessible all season location at the Avenel Recreation Reserve at no cost to the users.
The rattling of fundraising tins and sausage sizzles will be put on hold, with Mr Garner saying because they have been pushing it for so many years it’s now great for other people to be able to see the value of it as well.