READY TO ROLL: Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga on site during the new skate park construction.
READY TO ROLL: Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga on site during the new skate park construction. Trish Bowman

Christmas coming early for skaters

THE youth of Livingstone will be unwrapping an early Christmas present this month, when the new Yeppoon Skate Park is officially opened in Appleton Park on December 16.

The new and improved skate park forms part of Stage 5 in the Yeppoon Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation Project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and Livingstone Shire Council.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the community would get to enjoy the new park during the Christmas school holidays as works continued to transform the Yeppoon Foreshore and Lagoon Precinct.

"Council is thrilled to be able to deliver this exciting project for the community and in particular our youth, who we hope to see using this fantastic facility and popular spot among the younger community members,” Cr Ludwig said.

"I must again commend the Australian and Queensland governments for their generous funding support towards this project and the overall Yeppoon Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation Project, which will continue to dramatically enhance this coastal destination.”

For those in the know, the park will include new and exciting skate features such as a quarter pipe to bank, a hubba ledge, skate rails, a euro gap, a bank to ledge, jersey barrier and kerb, and an intermediate bowl.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the skate park was a fantastic community facility that promoted healthy activity with social benefits for the younger generation in Livingstone.

"It's wonderful to take part in this project and see another element of the Yeppoon Town Centre and Foreshore Revitalisation Project come to life for the community to enjoy,” Mrs Lauga said.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the upgrades were all part of helping build a vibrant, liveable community for residents and visitors.

"This project has been delivered in great timing and the Australian Government is extremely proud to assist council in transforming this area as part of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation,” Ms Landry said.

Australian skateboarding company Chameleon Skateboards will celebrate the park's reopening on December 16 from 10am to 4pm, while the official presentations will take place from 1-3pm.

Following the opening, shading for the skate park will be provided as soon as possible.

The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Stages 3-5 is a $53 million project jointly funded by the Australian Government ($10 million), the Queensland Government ($29 million) and Livingstone Shire Council ($14 million).



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