Mansfield kickflips its way to a new skate park

Media Release

FN061/2016

19 September 2016

Joint release with:

Martin Foley

Acting Minister for Sport

Paul Sladdin

Mayor of Mansfield Shire Council

Victoria could soon have their own Tony Hawk with the first sod turned on the Mansfield Youth Hub and Skate Park today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project, funded under Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions Fund, is a great example of the Coalition Government's continued investment in building strong regional communities.

“Skating is a great healthy activity for young people and this skate park is a great addition to the Mansfield community,” Minister Nash said.

“Our $200,000 investment will see the delivery of a Youth Hub and Skate Park, including a quarter pipe, bowl, manual pads, ledges and other improvements.

“This is a great investment for the region—over 60 jobs will be created across ten years from increased visitors, which will return $6.3 million to the local economy.”

Acting Minister for Sport Martin Foley said the Mansfield Youth Hub and Skate Park will be a safe and modern facility for young locals to get together and embrace healthy and active lifestyles.

"The Victorian Government promises first class sport and recreation facilities for communities all over Victoria, and the Mansfield Youth Hub and Skate Park is an example of that," Minister Foley said.

Mayor of Mansfield Shire Council Paul Sladdin said the new youth hub was a community driven project that was first initiated back in 2012.

“It is a fantastic example of community, local, state and federal government working together to achieve outcomes for our community,” Cr Sladdin said.

“I wish to acknowledge and congratulate all of those groups involved as today marks a major milestone, we are turning the first sod in this project with construction commencing in the coming weeks."

The new Mansfield Youth Hub and Skate Park, due for completion in December 2016. It is being funded by the Coalition Government ($200,000), the Victorian Government ($132,000), the Mansfield Shire Council ($100,000) and the Mansfield Community Hub & Skate Park Action Group ($65,000).