Benalla’s skate park will be upgraded and the Lake Benalla foreshore barbecue area will be improved thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
The Federal Government has approved the Council’s application for $18,125, which will be supplemented with $12,000 from the Council and $6000 from funds raised by the Friends of the Benalla Skate Park.
The project includes the installation of shade sails, bench seating and shrub plantings at the Skate Park and young people will have the opportunity to be involved in the planning process.
The barbecue area will be upgraded with commercial grade stainless steel barbecue units, appropriate seating and improvement of paths.
“The Benalla Skate Park is well used by the young people of Benalla Rural City,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“It’s a wonderful outdoor space that provides a focus for a range of youth events including FReeZa programs, Street Art activities and skate competitions. It is also well used for informal recreation, and this upgrade will improve the facility for all who use it,” he said.
Adjacent to the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre, the barbeque precinct upgrade will benefit both locals and visitors to the region. This popular precinct is also the venue for many community events including the Lakeside Market, Australia Day celebrations, the Benalla Festival and the Benalla Triathlon.
“As well as our major events, many informal gatherings and celebrations are held here in this picturesque setting. The funding we have received will allow us to turn this popular community area into a safer and more accessible community space,” Cr King said.
Image: Mayor Cr Justin King, Lachie Evans, Jessie Cathrow, Matilda Colville and Member for Indi Cathy McGowan