Skate park bowls over com­mu­nity

Great Southern Herald - - News - Ann Rawl­ings

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.

Tyler, 7, An­nie, Ben, Kerrie and Levi Ar­gent, 5. Pic­tures: Ann Rawl­ings Pho­tos avail­able at west­pix.com.au

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.

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