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New skate park ‘bigger and better’

Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

Councillor Branko Licul is looking forward to a bigger and better skate park after City Council pledged $350,000 and made the project their sole focus in the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. PICTURE: Myles Burt Councillor Branko Licul is looking forward to a bigger and better skate park after City Council pledged $350,000 and made the project their sole focus in the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

City Council has committed $350,000 for a new skate park and is hoping to attract more funding to make it even better. 

Council said it had made the skate park project its sole application for the current round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

If successful, it could have its funding figure matched dollar for dollar so as to provide the city with a $700,000 skate park. 

Councillor Branko Licul said Council decided to make this their sole project for the government funding because it would benefit the community, children and even tourists.

“It’s all about expanding an asset, a recreational facility that we’ve had for a while,” Clr Licul said.

“It’s showing its wear and tear, and I think we deserve as a community to have a bigger and better skate park.”

A final concept of what locals can expect hasn’t been determined yet but Clr Licul said they’ll be basing the design on previous community consultations and an online public poll that was seen by around 12,000 people. 

Clr Licul said after floating four designs and receiving great feedback from the public last year, Council knew that locals definitely wanted to see features like flat banks, a half pipe, blow ends, flat rails, hubbas, fun boxes and large transitions.

“We want a bigger and better one, simple as that,” he said.

Rather than scrapping the current skate park in Sturt Park, Clr Licul said there was a suggestion to move it to another part of town.

“It’s been suggested to me out the South, so that’s something that we’d definitely look at in the whole planning process,” he said.

Clr Licul said he and other councillors were open to public feedback as to where they’d like to see the skate park relocated.

Mayor Darriea Turley AM said City Council had contemplated a submission for new play equipment for Queen Elizabeth Park, but decided against it so as to allow local organisations such as Lifeline, Foundation Broken Hill, Broken Hill Community Inc and others a chance of receiving NSW Government as well.

“Others have submitted worthwhile projects for this round of funding, and it’s important we don’t vie for the entirety of the funds to the possible detriment of these community groups,” Mayor Turley said.

“The upgrade of that park (Queen Elizabeth) will be a major project with significant cost involved, and we were mindful that there’s only $843,000 up for grabs in this round.

“We’ll instead look to access different funding streams and work with the Machine Preservation Society to take a coordinated approach to the upgrade of Queen Elizabeth Park in due course.”

Successful projects under the current round of funding are expected to be announced in January.

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