Council Secures Funding for Yarragon Skatepark

Published on 16 February 2018

Baw Baw Shire Council has successfully secured a $221,250 grant for the development of the Yarragon Skatepark through the Latrobe Valley Authority's Community Facility Fund.

The funding announcement was made by Harriet Shing MP, Member for Eastern Victoria and Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain alongside the Mayor and members of the Yarragon Community Skatepark Association who met at the future skatepark’s site today.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci welcomed the good news as a win for not only Yarragon but for the wider Baw Baw Shire community.

“We are very grateful for the LVA’s funding contribution and are excited to be able to facilitate an all ages, all abilities, family friendly skatepark for our community to enjoy”, said the Mayor.

The project will see construction of a 405m2 unique plaza style skatepark to cater for beginners to intermediate skill levels, including associated amenities in the open space at Howard Park. The total project cost is estimated to be $295,000 with the balance to be funded through Council’s Capital Works program.

Council recognises the importance of providing a range of recreation opportunities for the community which is further supported by the Baw Baw Skate and BMX Strategy 2012-2030 adopted by Council back in 2013.

“Skate and BMX provides opportunities for young people to set goals and challenge their abilities through physical activity”, said the Mayor.

“This project will help kids of all ages feel connected to their friends and other community members, look out for each other and socialise in an inclusive and engaged way.”

Letters of support for this project have been received from Yarragon Lions Club, Yarragon Business Association, Yarragon and District Community Association, Yarragon Primary School and the local Victoria Police Youth Resource Officer along with an earlier petition with almost 500 signatures to Council to help get the concept plan completed.

“This project has been developed from the ground up by the community for the community and we are proud to be able to provide a legitimate space for young people to gather and socialise without fear of reprisal”, said the Mayor.

“Securing this grant would not have been possible without the Yarragon Community Skatepark Association. Their continued advocacy, community engagement and research is appreciated and we truly thank them for their work."

The project’s next steps will see the tender for works released which will occur in the coming months.

 Harriet Shing MP and Mayor Gauci with an excited Yarragon community following the funding announcement

Image: Harriet Shing MP and Mayor Gauci with an excited Yarragon community following the funding announcement.