Starting construction on Oberon's new skate park

BEGINNING: Luke McFarlane, Ian Gaiser, Cr Brenda Lyon, mayor Kathy Sajowitz, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Baily Nielsen.

BEGINNING: Luke McFarlane, Ian Gaiser, Cr Brenda Lyon, mayor Kathy Sajowitz, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Baily Nielsen.

STATE Member for Bathurst Paul Toole turned the first sod last week to mark the start of the construction of Oberon’s new skate park.

He was joined by mayor Kathy Sajowitz and members of the Oberon Youth Council for the event.

The NSW Government will fund the project through $500,000 from round one of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Mr Toole said the Oberon Skate Park and Youth Precinct project involves the construction of a new 542 square metre in-ground, bowl-style skate park at the Oberon Common.

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He said the facility will cater for skaters of all ages and abilities and will include a beginner level quarter pipe, grind ledges and grind rails around the edges of an intermediate to advanced level bowl.

“The project also involves the landscaping around the skate park and the installation of street furniture, gable roof shelters and lighting, which are all amenities needed to make the skate park a safe and comfortable recreation facility for skaters and spectators alike,” Mr Toole said.

Cr Sajowitz said the skate park was an initiative of the Oberon Youth Council, which has actively participated in community consultation processes to design the project.

“The estimated total cost of the project is $529,000,” she said.

Mr Toole said $1,095,000 would be invested across the Oberon local government area in total by the NSW Government through round one of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.