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Sports and Recreation

St Leonards Scores Funding for New Skatepark

St Leonards is set to get a new skatepark thanks to funding announced today from the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

The combined funding of $1.7 million is for the St Leonards Skatepark and an upgrade of the park at Waurn Ponds.

Bellarine Duty MP Gayle Tierney, on behalf of Lisa Neville MP, today announced the project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the program.

Once complete the new skatepark will feature modern, first class facilities designed to challenge local users and will provide a much needed community sport facility to encourage other local kids to get out and have a go.  

The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when construction commences.

By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million.

A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney MP

I congratulate the skaters of St Leonards, led by Ethan Coleman, who have campaigned so hard to get a new facility and Lisa Neville MP for listening to them, then securing this funding.

The new park will ensure local kids have a facility to be proud of, one that will not only be enjoyed by current skaters, but one that will encourage others to get active, now and well into the future.

“The Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians, so more people can play the sport they love, including skateboarding.”