Lake Cathie Skate Park Opens Soon!

Published on 21 April 2021

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The Lake Cathie community and thrill-seekers right across the Port Macquarie-Hastings region will soon be carving it up at the Lake Cathie Skate Park, with construction due to be completed in the coming days.

The new skate park includes multiple skating areas and a pump track to cater to all abilities, and contains seating, shade, bins, water bubblers, and landscaping measures to ensure the park fits in with the natural surroundings.

Located at the foreshore reserve, this project marks an exciting milestone for the Lake Cathie community, as they have been advocating for a skate park for several years.

Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club was successful in receiving a NSW Government grant under the Stronger Country Communities Fund on behalf of the Lake Cathie Skate Park Committee.

President of the Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club, Phil Smith said he was delighted to receive the funding and help bring the community vision to life.

“Our club is proud to be involved in the realisation of a skate and recreation for our beautiful seaside community,” said Mr. Smith.

“Now so close to completion, we can hardly wait for this long awaited facility to be open for our community’s enjoyment.”

Mayor Peta Pinson is pleased that the Lake Cathie community is anticipating the skate park’s opening.

“A skate part is a tremendously welcome addition to any community, and it is wonderful to see and hear the excitement from people with its arrival. Having inclusive recreational spaces in all areas of our region is really important.

"The Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve is shaping up to have something for everyone, now with the skate park another addition for our young people,” said Mayor Pinson.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the NSW Government has contributed over $300,000 towards this project through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“I am so pleased that young people and those who are young at heart in Lake Cathie now have a safe place to skate,” Mrs Williams said.

“This project has been on the drawing board for many years and seeing it completed is bringing smiles to many people’s faces.

“I congratulate the Lake Cathie Skate Park Committee for their outstanding efforts and I thank the Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club for auspicing the grant application for the Committee,” Mrs Williams said.

Delivery of the Lake Cathie Foreshore Masterplan will continue after the opening of the skate park, following the commencement of new works.

Upgrades to the Ocean Drive side of the foreshore commenced on 1 February, and new additions will include new improved pathways, picnic shelters, a shade sail, outdoor furniture and amenities, and landscaping beautification.

The Lake Cathie Skate Park is a $613,000 project with $301,336 from a NSW State Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant awarded to the Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club, and $312,000 contributed by Council.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the new skate park would be a great place for local skate enthusiasts as well as visitors to come together and hone their skills.

“The NSW Government is building a safer, stronger Regional NSW and investing in projects that are chosen by the community for the community and making our regional towns a great place to live, work and play,” Mr Barilaro said.

The $500 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which together with the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investment and jobs.

The construction of the skate park has been conducted by Convic Pty Ltd, who are a world leader in skate park and youth space design and construction.

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