THEY mightn’t know where they’re going to put Korumburra’s new skate park exactly but the South Gippsland Shire Council has declared that the construction project will at least start by Christmas.
Speaking at the acknowledgement of a $100,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Infrastructure Program last Tuesday, the shire’s recreation officer Ian Murphy said there were presently two possible sites for the $250,000 project – one within the rail precinct and another in Bridge Street.
But the project will definitely go ahead now following the Minister for Sport, John Eren’s approval of $100,000 in funding through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.
The funding complements South Gippsland Shire Council’s allocation of $50,000 through the Community Budgeting process along with an additional $100,000 in Council funding.
The project is the result of the Korumburra Skate Park Planning Study with the advice, design and costings provided by Enlocus who are a leader in the field. Over 50 young people were included in consultation who are aligned with the local Lions group and supported by Milpara Community House.
The skate park looks set to be developed in the Korumburra Railway Station precinct and form part of the masterplan for the overall site.
According to the shire, this location provides skate park users access to public amenities, shops and ample parking.
“This new park will be designed as a beginner to intermediate level skate park and will be directly aligned with the Victorian Skateboard Association which aims to foster, encourage and promote the sport throughout Victoria,” said a spokesperson for the shire.
“Due to the success of the newly developed Leongatha Skate Park, which has held Victorian State League Regional events, the association has identified growth in the sport within the region. The design is aligned with the South Gippsland Health and Wellbeing Plan which provides key strategies for safe and accessible infrastructure and promotes physical activity for all residents and visitors in a diverse range of sports, recreation and active transport.”
South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Lorraine Brunt, has commented on the importance of promoting and encouraging sport and recreation in regional Victoria and thanked the Minister for the funding. “The central position of Korumburra and the new skate park site will help give younger community members a space for physical activity and encourage sport in the area.
“Working with the Milpara Community House and the young people of Korumburra, we look forward to seeing the realisation of this new park sooner rather than later,” said the Mayor.