More skate park funds secured
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE'S skate park has moved another step closer to reality following the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile that the federal government will contribute funding of $82,500 to the project.
The funding will come through the Regional Partnerships program.
Mr Vaile made the announcement yesterday with member for Hinkler Paul Neville during a tour of the port city.
Mr Vaile said the federal government funds would help cover the costs of materials associated with the construction of the skate park facility. The total cost is estimated at $300,000.
Bechtel Corporation has contributed $150,000. Gladstone City Council Mayor Peter Corones said he was hopeful the state government would come forward with the balance of funds needed for the project.
Chairman of the Extreme Skate Park Committee Dave Woodward said he was thrilled the additional funds had been secured.
'This project has been designed in consultation with the Gladstone BMXers, inliners, skate boarders and youth delegates on the committee,' Mr Woodward said.
'We have spent a lot of time researching and surveying the public to make sure the final design would suit everyone.
'Now we just hope the remaining dollars can be secured so construction can begin as soon as possible.'