Extreme event rallies youth

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

'WE NEED more facilities' was the common cry from the youth gathered at yesterday's extreme BMX display.

About 130 kids and their parents attended the BMX aerobatics. Those present were unanimous in their support for a facility upgrade.

One participant said: 'Other centres that are smaller than us have better facilities.'

Parents who came down to watch the display complained about the lack of facilities at the skate park.

One parent commented: "There is no seating, barbecue, rubbish bins or drinking fountains for parents or the children''. One parent said it was pleasing to see older kids passing on advice to the younger ones.

Gladstone City Council (GCC) is aware of the demand and are trying to get the project moving along.

GCC chief executive officer Julie Reitano said the council was trying to gain funding for a skate park.

'Lobbying is continuing in order to secure state government funding,' Ms Reitano said.

'Further information has been submitted to the state government during the first week of January and we are waiting for an update,' Ms Reitano said.

It was guest performer Tim Wood who was the star of the day and the youngsters were thrilled to have him there.

The bunny hop competition was one of the favourites. Riders contested by jumping over stacked helmets.

Tim's final display, a backflip, proved the most popular. To prove it was no fluke, he performed another a few minutes later.

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