Steph Cooke stands with skaters and council at the new skate park.

The upgrade of the Ariah Park Skate Park is kick-flipping goals, with the improvements opened by the Member for Cootamundra.

Steph Cooke MP opened the improvements to the park, funded through a $100,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, which also supported upgrades to the Ariah Park pool.

Ms Cooke said the upgrades were being enjoyed by the whole community.

“Skate parks are so important to give young people a place to meet, exercise and hone their skills, expanding this great facility will give skaters even more to do here,” Ms Cooke said.

“In the past 12 months the NSW Government has invested in improving recreation spaces in Ariah Park, including the skate park and the swimming pool, helping to get people out and about and building stronger regional communities.” 

“It is so heartening to see Ariah Park’s young people be part of this project and feel such a beautiful ownership of this space.”

Mayor of Temora Shire Council Rick Firman said the project had been driven by Ariah Park’s youth.

“These improvements to the skate park and the pool have been a real partnership between the town’s youth, the NSW Government and Council,” Cr Firman said.

“This work has been driven by young Will O’Hare who spoke to Council about 3 years ago about this, Councillor Judd has pushed this in partnership with the kids themselves raising money.”

“Just seeing the joy on everyone’s faces was extremely heart-warming and we owe a great deal to Ms Cooke.”