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Federal funding to get Wangaratta skate park upgrade rolling



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan AO MP

117 MURPHY STREET, WANGARATTA, VIC 3677 OFFICE: (03) 5721 7077 TOLL FREE: 1300 131 791 FAX: (03) 5721 7066

EMAIL: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au WEBSITE: www.cathymcgowan.com.au

July 20, 2016

Federal funding to get Wangaratta skate park upgrade rolling

A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for skate park users in Wangaratta. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, has congratulated the Rural City of Wangaratta Council on receiving $18,125 for the HP Barr Reserve Skate Park Upgrade Project.

“Indi matters and funding continues to flow to build infrastructure and create local jobs,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the ongoing expansion to skate park infrastructure includes:

• security lighting • shade sails • extra rails for BMX, scooter and skateboarding installed • spectator seating

“This is great news for young people in Wangaratta. The HP Barr Reserve Skate Park upgrade is important and the installation of shade sails, extra features and seating will make the Skate Park more attractive to families and visitors, and an even better place to hang with friends,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the skate park improvements would create opportunities for extra entertainment, including evening FreeZa events and skate competitions, and build the community connection with the facility.

“School groups, community groups and families with young children will all benefit from this expansion,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan thanked Rural City of Wangaratta for the contribution of $25,000 towards the project, which has a total cost of $43, 125.

“Congratulations to council for engaging with local young people during the planning phase of the upgrade, and encouraging ownership of the facility through creating a ‘Friends of the Skate Park’ group,” Ms McGowan said.

This funding was delivered under Round Two of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round Two of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.