Shire of Carnarvon set to revitalize precinct for youth

Published on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 at 8:01:05 AM

Carnarvon skatepark revitalisation project supported by Lotterywest

The Shire of Carnarvon has successfully secured a Lotterywest grant of $503,500 to rejuvenate the town’s Youth Precinct, including the upgrade of the skate park, basketball court and surrounding areas as well as the development of a state-of-the-art pump track at Hutchinson Park.

This initiative has been driven by the Shire, who also developed the robust grant application, engaged with the local youth community, planned the project, and will be in charge of execution.

The Carnarvon skate park was constructed more than 20 years ago in 1999 with some minor upgrades undertaken in 2013. The facility is currently in poor condition due to age and vandalism, with chips and cracks along the riding surface and covered in graffiti.

As part of the Council’s Youth Precinct Revitalisation project, the skate park is planned for a makeover, including a seating shelter, additional bench seating, a drinking fountain, and art murals. Four local Aboriginal artists have been engaged to create Indigenous art murals inspired by the local ocean, fauna and flora themes.

Additionally, Hutchinson Park will see the renovation of the basketball area as well as the construction of a 65.2m pump track to provide a new sport and recreation outlet for local youth. The park will also feature an existing park shelter, bench seating and picnic area, drink fountain, bike racks and waste collection bins.

The proposed project will be carried out over a 12-month period and is expected to cost approximately $600,000 with the majority of costs funded by Lotterywest. The Shire of Carnarvon will also contribute to the project, using $80,000 of funding committed to the skate park revitalisation by the State Government. 

"The new and upgraded facilities at Carnarvon's Youth Precinct will provide a place for young people to stay busy and active,” said Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

"It is great to be able to support the Shire and the local community in their endeavours,” she added.

Shire President Eddie Smith said the project and upgraded facilities will provide the local young people with opportunities for positive social interaction and enhance community connection. 

“This is very exciting for our youth,” said Cr Smith. “The redevelopment project will bring people together and strengthen our vibrant community.”

“Council would like to thank the State Government and Lotterywest for their support in providing young people an active space to socialise, have fun, and test their skills in a reliable environment,” he added.

The Shire of Carnarvon will continue to engage and consult with the local youth community and relevant stakeholders throughout this project.

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