SPEAKING OUT: Michele Tory, the new council youth worker, is passionate about being the voice of the Gladstone region’s youth.
SPEAKING OUT: Michele Tory, the new council youth worker, is passionate about being the voice of the Gladstone region’s youth. Andrew Morgan

Ambassadors keep the peace at skate parks

KEEPING the peace at the skate park is what youth worker Michele Tory is all about.

At Gladstone's six skate parks, she works with young people about respecting facilities and the environment by encouraging ambassadors.

"There's a problem with rubbish during school holidays (and) we have heard some of the older kids have a foul mouth," Mrs Tory said.

"We are trying to stop the skating stereotype. Skate parks should be an outlet to socialise and be safe."

Ambassadors recruited are between 12-25 years of age and would ideally visit their designated skate park two or three times a week to guide younger skaters.

"I came here to provide a better lifestyle for these kids. I've been in Gladstone for 16 months and it's a great community," she said.

"We hope to keep the youth here because they keep the economy going.

"We want to talk to the kids at the skate park and listen to their concerns."

Todd Small and Tye Niho have visited the PCYC skate park every day since it opened in 2007.

They said ambassadors were a good plan.

"It's a really good idea. (Skate parks) can be a wild place," Todd said.

"We try to give advice to the little kids, especially on weekends," Tye said. "You have to learn the flow of the park."

SKATE PARKS:

  • Memorial Park, Gladstone
  • Bray Park, Boyne Island
  • Bunting Park, Calliope
  • Captain Cook Lions Park, Agnes Water
  • Yarwun Recreation Grounds, Yarwun


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