Skate park bowls over community
It has been a busy couple of months for the Newdegate community, with seeding wrapped up and local silos beautifully decorated.
This month, locals celebrated another group achievement — the official opening of the Newdegate Activity Precinct.
In the heart of town, the precinct combines play and rest areas with a skate park designed to rival those found in metropolitan centres around Australia.
The culmination of several years of work of residents Sarah Lloyd, Emily Gilmour and Helen Steicke, and funded by local initiatives including the Newdegate Community Cropping Group and Newdegate Machinery Field Days, the project was officially opened on July 1.
More than 60 children from across the Lake Grace shire and further afield took part in skate clinics on the day, hosted by Tailtap coach Luke Ward, of Busselton, and his mentoring gang, watched by onlookers from the area.
Ms Lloyd, who instigated the idea of building a skate park in the centre of town, said she was proud to stand up in front of the community to declare the park officially open.
“It has been a massive project, much bigger than we ever imagined,” she said.
“I want to say thanks to the community cropping group, as without your financial support this project would have never got off the ground.
“We went to you with an outthere idea and you put your trust in us, and we can’t thank you enough.”
Ms Lloyd also recognised the contributions of the local field days committee, the Lake Grace Shire, Lotterywest, Wheatbelt Development Commission and CBH, as well as the efforts of the community in helping the skate park stars align.
“Yes, we are isolated and don’t have contractors of all kinds at our finger tips, but we have an amazing community only too happy to lend a hand, a piece of machinery or a pile of sand or rocks — we can’t thank you enough,” she said.
Teaching children at the Newdegate Active Precinct opening were Perth-based skater Josh Birtwistle, Sunny Cooke, of Margaret River, Aarron Winter, of Perth, and Luke Ward, of Tailtap, Dunsborough.
Ron and Warren Shalders.
Skate park project manager Jeff Riley, of Collie, with Tom Murphy, of Kulin.
Sam and Maggie Murphy, 5.
CBH Lake Grace area manager Chris Poot and CBH country quality co-ordinator Shannon Morton.
Phyllis Dunham with daughter Anne Bishop.
Jasper Bain, 3, and Catherine Messer.