The youth of Bundanoon could be forgiven for thinking that Christmas had arrived early when construction started on their new skate park last week.
While they'll have to wait until the New Year to sample the finished product, I must congratulate them for their perseverance and patience.
To be fair, the idea of a purpose-built skate part was driven in large by the youth of the town, in particular, a young man by the name of Tyson Robb.
Tyson and his mates circulated a petition around the village seeking improvements to the current facilities on Erith Street.
In a short time they had quickly secured over 1500 signatures and the support of the wider community.
The next piece in the puzzle fell into place when the project secured over $416,000 in funding via the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Council then returned to the village and after chatting with the kids we came up with a few options, which were voted on by the townsfolk.
Fast forward to last week and staff and specialist contractors began preparing the site and demolishing the make-shift equipment that had previously stood onsite.
Works will continue throughout the summer months with the finished skate park scheduled to open next March.
Well done to Bundanoon, and in particular the town's youth, for grabbing this project by the scruff of the neck and refusing to let go.
Now excuse me while I search for a vintage board tucked away down the back of my shop.
THIS Friday, December 6 marks the official countdown to Christmas with the lighting of the Southern Highlands Community Christmas tree in Corbett Plaza.
The fun starts from 6pm with face painting and activities for the children. Carols will be performed by the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster and a sausage sizzle served by the Bowral Lions Club.
My mayoral mail informs me there may even be a guest appearance by Saint Nick himself!
I'd invite all the readers and their families to join in the celebrations from 6pm this Friday in Bowral's Corbett Plaza as together we light the shire's Community Christmas Tree.