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Park put to test

The Benalla Skate Park was officially opened during last weekend's festival celebrations.

November 16, 2012 6:44am

The Benalla Skate Park is officially open for fun.

Skaters and riders were out in force today testing out new tricks as part of Benalla Festival celebrations marking the completion of the recent $398700 upgrades to Benalla Skate Park.

Representing Sport and Recreation Minister Hugh Delahunty, Member for Benalla Dr Bill Sykes joined the community celebrations to officially open the improvements at the popular park, which include a new hipped box jump, bowl section, extra rails and ledges.

‘‘Skate parks are a great place for young people to connect, test their skills, dexterity and creativity, especially for those who enjoy participating in non-traditional sports,’’ Dr Sykes said.

‘‘Having high quality sporting facilities is central to encouraging more Victorians, especially young people, to get more active more often, which is a top priority for this government.

‘‘That’s why the Victorian Government is proud to have honoured an election commitment and provided $200000 towards the development of the skate park.

‘‘Our investment ensures local venues like the Benalla Skate Park continue to be an important community asset for regional centres like Benalla for many years to come,’’ he said.

Dr Sykes commended Benalla Rural City Council for its $150000 contribution towards the project, and the local community which raised $6000.

He also commended the Benalla Skate Park Committee for its support of the project.

The project received $42700 for lighting through the Public Safety Infrastructure fund.

‘‘This has been a real team effort and it’s great to see this important project come to fruition,’’ Dr Sykes said.

‘‘The project was a result of working collaboratively with each of our project partners.’’

Dr Sykes acknowledged Zac Connell, representative of the Skate Park committee, who has been a key player in seeing this project realised.

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