Skatepark Works Celebrated with National Competition

Published on 07 October 2019

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Local young people got to test out their skating and scooting skills over the weekend, marking the completion of the final redevelopment works at the Koroit Youth Space.

The event featured the YMCA’s Australian Skate Park League, as well as a traditional Gunditjmara welcome and smoking ceremony and a tree planting by the Basalt to Bay Landcare Group.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe spoke at the event, recognising the community groups who had collaborated on development of the new youth space.

“Representatives from the Moyne Shire Youth Council, Basalt to Bay Landcare Group and Worn Gundidj Plant Nursery came together to celebrate these final works at the youth space in Koroit,” Cr Wolfe said.

“The works and improvements were initially identified in the Koroit Youth Space Landscape Design, and the end result is a fantastic facility for our young people.

“The final works have included a new half multi-use court that can host basketball and netball, new skate-friendly footpaths and new native plants.”

As part of completing the works at the skatepark, native silver banksias were planted throughout the area at the opening event.

“Silver banksias used to be common when settlers first took up farming, but over the years they have died out, been cut down or grazed out.

“The seedlings planted at the Koroit Youth Space have been grown by Worn Gundidj Plant Nursery through a National Landcare grant. They have grown a total of 16,000 plants to give to landholders on either side of the old railway line between Koroit and Minhamite, where some of the last remaining trees of this type remain in Victoria.”