A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for Benalla. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, congratulated the Benalla Skate Park Youth Committee and Benalla Rural City Council on receiving $18,125 under Round One of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round One of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Representatives from ICSPAC engaged with community groups to determine eligibility. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.
As part of the Benalla Lake Foreshore Revitalisation project, the Benalla Skate Park upgrade project includes:
- new seating (Benalla Skate Park)
- new shade sales (Benalla Skate Park)
- new barbecue and seating
- pathway upgrades and earthworks
“This is great news for the young people in Benalla. This is an important aspect of the Lake Foreshore Revitalisation Project,” Ms McGowan said. “The installation of large shade sails, bench seats and shrubs will make the Skate Park an even better place to hang with friends. The Skate Park is a vital facility, hosting Street Art activities, FreeZa events and skate competitions.”
Ms McGowan said the new stainless-steel barbecue, seating and upgraded pathways would attract more locals and tourists to visit this already popular spot in Benalla. She praised the Benalla Skate Park Youth Committee and community for its $6000 contribution, joining Council’s $12,000 towards the project which has a total cost of $36,250.
“It’s pleasing to see this level of commitment to the project and shows that skate park users are willing to do their bit to help the upgrade to their facility get completed,” she said. “I look forward to opening the skate park upgrade and seeing how the community benefits from this successful project.”
Ms McGowan thanked Benalla Rural City Council CEO Tony McIlroy and his team, including Community and Government Advocacy Coordinator Sheree Brown, for their efforts.
“Indi matters and funding continues to flow. Having an Independent member gets results,” Ms McGowan said.
SCP Round Two applications open on 15 February, 2016. Please contact Benalla Rural City Council on 03 5760 2600.