Skate project picked

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 $99500 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 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 $20000 from the Avenel Action Group, $50000 from Strathbogie Shire’s Infrastructure Reserve Fund and $5000 from the Strathbogie Shire Community Grants Program.