Fish­bowl skate park a wheel fun place

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Onslow lo­cals gath­ered at a free com­mu­nity event last Fri­day night to cel­e­brate the open­ing of their new skate park, the BHP Bil­li­ton Fish­bowl.

The fish­bowl was packed with scoot­ers, BMX bikes and skate­boards as the town’s youth got to show off and prac­tise their skate skills.

Pro­fes­sional skate crew Freestyle Now held work­shops, demon­stra­tions and a mini jam ses­sion with young Onslow skaters.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the fish­bowl was a valu­able space for the town where peo­ple, young or old, could come to­gether and have fun.

“Hav­ing a ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity for lo­cal youth to burn off en­ergy, de­velop phys­i­cal skills and spend time with their friends and fam­ily has had such a pos­i­tive im­pact in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

BHP Bil­li­ton coun­try man­ager Gra­ham Sal­mond said the fi­nal re­sult re­flected ex­actly what the com­mu­nity wanted, thanks to an im­pres­sive level of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment.

“We are proud to have been able to sup­port the Shire in de­liv­er­ing a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity in Onslow with sig­nif­i­cant in­put from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing al­most all of the chil­dren at the school,” he said.

Onslow kids got to put their skate skills to good use at the open­ing of the Fish­bowl last Fri­day night. Pic­ture: Pil­bara Site Pics

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