The Australian Government continues to invest in regional infrastructure with the opening of the Peak Skate Park project today in Cobar, New South Wales.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said it was great to see local residents gathered today for the opening and that providing such facilities encourages skaters to move off the roads, footpaths and shopping centres into a safe, purpose built facility.
“This is an exciting new development for Cobar,” Mr Coulton said.
“Construction established a concrete slab, including an open bowl area, before installing a combination of obstacles including ledges, pads, rails, fun boxes, ramps and banks.
“I understand that 16 jobs were created during the construction phase of the project which is a great boost to our local economy.
“The Australian Government contracted and delivered this project efficiently.”
Cobar Shire Council Mayor Lilliane Brady said skate parks were a great space for young people to increase their social and interpersonal skills, as users interact and become involved with new groups.
“The Cobar Shire Council is providing the community with a safe and friendly space to enjoy their leisure time,” Cr Brady said.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said that today’s opening is another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to building better community infrastructure across Australia.
“This is part of our $313.9 million Community Development Grants Programme, which is delivering projects like this right across Australia,” Mr Briggs said.
This $320,544 project was jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $200,000 and the Cobar Shire Council and Peak Gold Mines providing $120,544.