Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today hosted a sod-turning ceremony marking the start of work on a $530,000 skate park in Oberon that will be a haven for young people to tweak tricks with friends and a destination for local and regional skate competitions.
Mr Toole was joined by Oberon Council staff and the community at The Common to commence work on the new 545 square-metre skate park, which will feature a beginner level quarter pipe, grind ledges, rails and an intermediate level concrete bowl.
Mr Toole said the NSW Government provided a $500,000 Stronger Country Communities Fund grant for the project when it became clear young people in the region needed more safe spaces to exercise and socialise.
“The community has been calling for this skate park for several years, so I’m thrilled to commence these works today,” Mr Toole said.
“This project will deliver a space for locals to call their own, to skate or ride a BMX bike in the family-friendly setting of The Common.”
Oberon Mayor Kathy Sajowitz congratulated the Oberon Youth Council on their tireless fundraising and community engagement efforts regarding the location and design of the park, which helped it become a reality.
“The Youth Council has been a key point of contact on every detail to ensure that this project meets its goal – to provide better facilities for local youth and their families,” Cr Sajowitz said.
“A key feature for this skate park is that it caters to skaters of all ages and abilities, it will incorporate surrounding shelters and seating arrangements for parents near the beginners’ area and capacity to host local events too.
Deputy Premier and Minster for Regional NSW John Barilaro congratulated the Oberon community on reaching a project milestone.
“This skate park is a great example of how the Stronger Country Communities Fund, announced in 2017, is delivering real projects with benefits to the everyday lives of real people,” Mr Barilaro said.
“From the outset of this fund, the vision of the NSW Government has been the delivery of great community facilities, to make regional towns like Oberon great places to live, to work and play.
The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, delivering essential infrastructure to spur job creation, improve connectivity and support community engagement and culture.