Skaters fly high

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Skaters fly high

SKATERS and BMX riders from across South Gippsland were out in force at the opening of the new Leongatha skate park on Sunday.

Eastern Victorian Region MLC Harriet Shing and Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien joined South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton to officially open the $450,000 redevelopment at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.

Council provided more than $330,000, the community fundraised $20,000 and $100,000 came from the State Government.

Leongatha’s Ben Patterson was also a guest of honour, after working so hard to see the skate park come to fruition.

“It’s an improvement to the recreation reserve and the town, and has attracted many people to the area, which can only be a good thing,” he said.

Recreation reserve secretary Frank Dekker said the recreation reserve committee had given $20,000 to make the skate park dream a reality, and the contribution was certainly worth it.

“It’s great to see so many young people getting involved. We are seeing youth come here from everywhere,” he said.

“It’s drawing a lot of extra attention to the area, which is just fantastic.”

Ms Shing said the skate park was a wonderful addition to Leongatha and would help to pull children away from computer screens and get them active outside.

“Whether it’s out on the field or in local skate parks, opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Gippslanders are a big priority,” she said.

“Experienced and budding local skaters in Leongatha now have a great space to come together, make friends and show off their skills.

“The new Leongatha skate park gives the young people of Leongatha even more reason to get one board with health and active sport and outdoor activities.”TK17skateparkopening01 TK17skateparkopening02 TK17skateparkopening03 TK17skateparkopening04 TK17skateparkopening05 TK17skateparkopening06 TK17skateparkopening07 TK17skateparkopening08 TK17skateparkopening09

Approved: from left, Leongatha’s Riley Drysdale, Geelong’s Dana Treloan and Leongatha’s Jasper Dennison were thrilled with the turn out of the Leongatha skate park.

Approved: from left, Leongatha’s Riley Drysdale, Geelong’s Dana Treloan and Leongatha’s Jasper Dennison were thrilled with the turn out of the Leongatha skate park.

New asset: from left, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Robert Newton, Eastern Victorian Region MLC Harriet Shing, Leongatha Ben Patterson and Inverloch’s Jed Boucher (front) admired the new and improved Leongatha skate park as Wonthaggi’s Jayden Hallett showed off his skills.

New asset: from left, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Robert Newton, Eastern Victorian Region MLC Harriet Shing, Leongatha Ben Patterson and Inverloch’s Jed Boucher (front) admired the new and improved Leongatha skate park as Wonthaggi’s Jayden Hallett showed off his skills.

Active: there were plenty of people enjoying the opening of Leongatha’s skate park, including, from left, Lachie Bell, Jasper Dennison, Jack Fisher, Riley Drysdale and Kyle Brown.

Active: there were plenty of people enjoying the opening of Leongatha’s skate park, including, from left, Lachie Bell, Jasper Dennison, Jack Fisher, Riley Drysdale and Kyle Brown.

Snack break: after taking on Leongatha’s new skate park at Sunday’s opening, hot food was offered to the crowd served by the Leongatha Lions Club’s Graeme Tuckett (left), Maggie Wallis and Alister Dowling.

Snack break: after taking on Leongatha’s new skate park at Sunday’s opening, hot food was offered to the crowd served by the Leongatha Lions Club’s Graeme Tuckett (left), Maggie Wallis and Alister Dowling.

Great review: from left, Phillip Island’s Tom Cripps and Leon Matthews were impressed by Leongatha’s new skate park.

Great review: from left, Phillip Island’s Tom Cripps and Leon Matthews were impressed by Leongatha’s new skate park.

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