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The Mans­field boul­der­ing wall was chris­tened to the public on Sun­day morn­ing with (from left) Will Twycross, An­drew Wet­ten­hall, Rose Gilder, Catriona Wil­son, James Wil­son and Mayor Paul Volk­er­ing of­fi­cially open­ing climb­ing time.

THE Mans­field boul­der­ing wall is the new­est fea­ture to the Youth Hub precinct, and has al­ready proved to be a very pop­u­lar ad­di­tion since its installati­on and open­ing in mid-May.

The boul­der­ing wall is a rock climb­ing wall in­tended for youth us­age that has been es­tab­lished at the Mans­field Skate Park.

Rose Gilder, from the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Fund, and Catriona Wil­son had the honours of cut­ting the rib­bon.

Mayor Paul Volk­er­ing said that the wall is the prod­uct of the com­mu­nity and coun­cil work­ing to­gether to achieve a shared vi­sion.

“The con­cept of a boul­der­ing wall was born dur­ing skate park plan­ning dis­cus­sions by mem­bers of the Skate Park Ac­tion Group,” Cr Volk­er­ing said.

“While it was a bril­liant con­cept to in­clude a boul­der­ing wall into the park to make this site even more ap­peal­ing, it had not been bud­geted for and fell well out­side an al­ready stretched project bud­get.

“Cue the Wil­sons, who planned and ran the ‘My Hero’ cam­paign to raise ad­di­tional funds from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

With the buy-in and sup­port of the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Fund, who gen­er­ously matched do­na­tions dol­lar for dol­lar, the up­take of lo­cal donors was sensationa­l and money was quickly raised to en­sure that a boul­der­ing wall could be­come a re­al­ity.

Funds raised through the ‘My Hero’ cam­paign also funded the tiered spec­ta­tor seat­ing and skate swing.

“Thank you to the Wil­sons, the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Fund and all of those in­di­vid­u­als who put their hands in their pock­ets and do­nated to this won­der­ful com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity,” Cr Volk­er­ing said when ex­press­ing his thanks on be­half of coun­cil.

As the sign at the Mans­field boul­der­ing wall reads, ‘it is hoped it will con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the health and fit­ness of our com­mu­nity’.

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