Skaters fly at Meeniyan
MEENIYAN skate park is finally up and running after almost a decade of local campaigning.
Back in 2007, Meeniyan children Breanna, Brenton and Brandon Savage wanted a place for local youth to hang out for social and recreational activities.
The siblings distributed a petition around the township gaining support for the plan and received more than 400 signatures of support.
“The whole area is better now than it was when we were children,” Breanna said.
“Children can come down here now and have a place to hang out. It keeps them off the street.
“It is a great achievement for us to see the project complete.”
Sarah Jensen assisted in liaising with South Gippsland Shire Council to attain funding and planning approval.
“We held a number of fundraising events including sausage sizzles and brick donations,” Ms Jensen said.
The skate park was made possible with $10,000 of local fundraising and a further $40,000 in community grant funds from council.
“It was a long process but it was well worth it,” Ms Jensen said.
Local businesses and community members contributed sponsorship donations to have their names engraved on pavers to go near the skate park at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve.
The skate park is now in operation following the construction of ramps last month. The installation of a grinding ramp is set to be complete by the end of the year.
The construction of the skate park was supported by countless community organisations.
“It is great for the town. While it is a small community, everybody came together to back the project,” Ms Jensen said.
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