Skate project picked


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed


Avenel will con­tinue to de­velop its multi-use ac­tiv­ity precinct af­ter the project was one of nine funded in the Goul­burn re­gion as part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Pick My Project ini­tia­tive.

Awarded $99 500 in fund­ing, the money will go to­ward stages two and three of the project, which will trans­form what is cur­rently one skate­board ramp into a multi-use precinct for skat­ing ex­er­cise and well­be­ing.

The con­cept was ini­ti­ated sev­eral years ago by four young Avenel res­i­dents, who got the Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil, Avenel Action Group and wider Avenel com­mu­nity on board.

Stephen Garner, the father of one of the boys who ini­ti­ated the skate park dis­cus­sions, was heav­ily in­volved in the plan­ning and said it was great to see the coun­cil and the lo­cal com­mit­tees sup­port the idea.

‘‘Not all kids play foot­ball or cricket, so it is great to have a pas­sive re­cre­ation space for the skate park where young peo­ple can so­cialise with friends,’’ Mr Garner said.

‘‘Lots of kids have scoot­ers, bikes and skate­boards, but with not many foot­paths in Avenel, lo­cal kids had nowhere to ride.’’

Avenel Action Group pres­i­dent Jeff Mo­ran said the precinct would en­cour­age a bur­geon­ing younger de­mo­graphic in Avenel to en­gage Proud: in non-or­gan­ised multi-use outdoor ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘With a grow­ing younger de­mo­graphic, this fa­cil­ity will pro­vide ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sources other than the tra­di­tional team games of foot­ball, net­ball, cricket and ten­nis,’’ Mr Mo­ran said.

‘‘The skate park will al­low kids to come down in their own time and use it as a meeting place in a safe and accessible area.’’

Lo­cated at the Avenel Re­cre­ation Re­serve, stage one of the project was funded by $20 000 from the Avenel Action Group, $50 000 from Strath­bo­gie Shire’s In­fra­struc­ture Re­serve Fund and $5000 from the Strath­bo­gie Shire Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram.

Stage 1 of the Avenel skate park project. Stages 2 and 3 will be funded through Pick My Project.

Gus Garner was one of the four chil­dren who were in­stru­men­tal in get­ting a skate park at Avenel.

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