ELECTION promises from both major parties whipped around skate parks in the northern suburbs this month.
Labor’s Butler MLA John Quigley said his party would provide $300,000 for the City of Wanneroo to build a skate park in Yanchep if elected on March 11.Mr Quigley announced the funding promise in his State Election campaign newsletter this month.
“Skating is no longer a sidewalk activity – the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be the first time that skateboarding is an Olympic sport,” he said.
“The lack of facilities to entertain our youth is a stand out problem.
“I have received hundreds of requests for a skate park in Yanchep.
“We aim to provide a world-class skating facility – this skate park will exceed in specifications the one just opened in Wanneroo.”
If the State Government is relected, lighting and security will get an upgrade at the Kinross skate park.
Burns Beach MLA Albert Jacob and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey visited McNaughton Park this month to pledge $90,000 for lighting and CCTV upgrades.
“The Kinross skate park is a well-used facility but it is shielded from public view by Kinross Central Shopping Centre, which has allowed for anti-social behaviour, particularly at night,” Ms Harvey said.
She said the upgrades would give park users “extra peace of mind and a better sense of security”.
At last month’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, Mr Quigley said the City would decide the best location for a skate park.
However, he said he though it should be at the Yanchep playing fields, due to open later this year, because it would have car parking and floodlights.
THE Liberal candidate for Burns Beach has also promised to give Mindarie Primary School $40,000 to expand its Nature Playground if his party is re-elected next month.
Mr Jacob said the P&C had previously raised $97,000 for the playground, which opened two years ago.
“It is a wonderful facility of which the P&C and school are justly very proud,” he said.
“Appropriate school playground equipment and sporting facilities are important so our children can increase their physical fitness, develop motor skills, play actively and have their imaginations stimulated.
“Research shows that unstructured play in nature-based playgrounds helps give children more opportunities to develop their co-ordination and motor skills and use their imaginations.”