SKATERS FLIP OUT AT NEW PARK

Up­graded fa­cil­ity fin­ished in time for se­ri­ous hol­i­day fun

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THE Biloela Skate Park re-opened on Wed­nes­day with more than 100 young­sters turn­ing up to try out the re­fur­bished fa­cil­ity.

There were skate­boards, scoot­ers and bikes of all shapes and sizes test­ing out the new fa­cil­ity.

At one stage the Banana Shire Coun­cil in­ves­ti­gated the pos­si­bilty of con­struct­ing a new skate park fa­cil­ity due to the dam­age to the pre­vi­ous one.

Af­ter pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion it was de­cided to re­ha­bil­i­tate the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity with ex­tra up­grades, rather than re­con­struct a new one with less ac­tiv­i­ties.

The project cost was $185,687, with $150,000 funded by Sport and Recre­ation and coun­cil pay­ing the ad­di­tional $35,000.

Mayor Nev Fer­rier was there to open the skate park and he said he was happy to see so many Biloela youth take ad­van­tage of the new fa­cil­ity.

“It has come up re­ally well and it’s great to see this many kids here try­ing it out,” Cr Fer­rier said.

“There is still some more shade cloth to go up to help fin­ish it off.

“We spoke to the par­ents and the youth and got con­sul­ta­tion from them about what they wanted be­cause they were the ones who will be us­ing it.”

A “mo­bile” skate ramp on dis­play at the open­ing will be taken to smaller places for the kids to try out.

An­other up­grade is the free Wi-Fi which is avail­able at the park dur­ing the day (but not at night).

Aus­tralian Skate­board­ing Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive coach Ja­son Marsh was there to help men­tor the riders and said the park looked good.

“Gotta love the shade and colours of the skate park in­stead of the bor­ing con­crete grey some of them have,” Mr Marsh said.

ASCI fa­cil­i­ta­tor Theo Ge­orge who was help­ing com­pere the day also gave out plenty of prizes.

“To re­build the old fa­cil­ity shows the com­mu­nity has seen value in the skate park,” Mr Ge­orge said.

“It has been a hot af­ter­noon and to see how many kids have turned out shows they ap­pre­ci­ate what has been done for them.”

Mr Ge­orge gave away shirts, stick­ers and Et­nies shoes to lucky kids who put in the ef­fort on the day.

There was mu­sic from Jai Volker (aka DBL J) and mem­bers of the Callide Val­ley Men’s Shed handed out re­fresh­ments.

The work on the fa­cil­ity in­volved three new benches, a new drink­ing foun­tain, a new so­lar bin, three new so­lar lights, six new shade sails for the big skate park, two new shade sails on top of the ju­nior slab for kids.

PHOTO: GLEN POR­TE­OUS

SPIR­ITED YOUTH: Mayor Nev Fer­rier, coun­cil­lor David Snell and a big crowd of skaters and scooter and bike riders cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of the Biloela Skate Park.

PHO­TOS: GLEN POR­TE­OUS

NEW PARK: Skye Hop­kins, Lach­lan Las­sig, Cooper Las­sig, Ge­or­gia Creed and Char­lie-Rose Hop­kins try out the new Biloela Skate Park.

Char­l­ize Ab­bott, Aza­aliyah O’Don­nell, Ai­den and Deven Ab­bott.

ASIC fa­cil­i­ta­tor Theo Ge­orge shows off his rad skills.

Dj DBL J (Jai Volker) spun the tunes.

Chris­tian Tay­lor, Joseph Stafford, Kane Cooper and Eli Blake.

ASCI coach Ja­son Marsh shows his moves.

Ja­son Marsh shows his skill at the multi-coloured skate park.

The Callide Val­ley Men's Shed pro­vided some re­fresh­ments.

Glen Stafford, Lach­lan Parkin and Tra­van­theus Miller.

Good mates Kain Rad­burn and Cooper Creed at the open­ing.

Hay­ley Sauer, Emma Henny, Er­ica Henny, Sabre McDon­ald and Zane Gazz­in­gan at the open­ing of the skate park.

Ezekiel Jack­sen and Jonah O’Keefe give new park a test ride.

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