Youthful dreams have paid off for a group of Bundanoon teenagers.
Tyson Robb was a Year 7 student at Moss Vale High School when he began his campaign for a bigger and better skatepark at Bundanoon in October 2017.
Almost a year later in September Tyson and his skateboarding mates learnt the dream would become a reality with news of a NSW State Government grant for the project.
On June 1, 2020 Tyson was on hand to at the official opening the new facility, standing alongside Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman and Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair for the special occasion.
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"This is an absolutely fabulous facility that I'm sure our shire's youth will enjoy for years to come," Cr Gair said.
"I'm particularly pleased at the range of elements that have been included in the park ensuring skaters of all abilities can enjoy it."
During the opening the mayor thanked the project's many contributors.
"The staff of council and contractors have done a wonderful job in delivering this project," he said.
"I also thank the Member for Goulburn for supporting us and helping secure the funds for the project.
"I would, however, save my final praise for the local community, in particular the youth of Bundanoon.
"The entire village got right behind young Tyson Robb and his mates and deserve full credit for their passion, patience and enthusiasm."
Construction on the $416,304 project began in late 2019, but was delayed due to the impact of the Morton Bush Fire, record rains and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Tuckerman said the NSW Government's commitment to funding amenities that improve everyday life in the regions had delivered new and improved infrastructure like the skatepark, pathways, cycleways and sporting fields.
"The Stronger Country Communities Fund delivers smaller projects that make a big difference to everyday life, and with social distancing allowing communities to stay healthy and exercise outside, I'd say that difference is now more notable than ever," Mrs Tuckerman said.
"Projects like the Bundanoon Skate Park are priceless to our local communities - I am delighted that the Wingecarribee Shire Council has completed the project."
An official community event celebrating the project will be held when further social distancing restrictions are eased.
The Bundanoon Skate Park is located within the Bundanoon Oval precinct on Erith Street in Bundanoon.
The Bundanoon Skate Park is a joint project by Wingecarribee Shire Council with funding provided via the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund including design by California Skate Parks and specialised construction by Trinity Skate Parks.