New Youth Play Precinct opens in Heyfield

Ribbon cutting: Jamie Woolan (Heyfield community member and driver of the project), Wellington Shire Council mayor Garry Stephens, Member for Gippsland Darren Chester MP and student leaders from the Heyfield Primary School and St Michael's Primary School, Heyfield.

The new Youth Play Precinct in Heyfield was officially opened today, much to the delight of the local community.

The $250,000 project was built in two stages, which included the redevelopment and refurbishment of the existing skate park followed by the building of a new pump track.

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said the Heyfield Youth Play Precinct was a great example of the community working together with Council, along with strong relationships with the Federal Government to assist in the funding of the project.

"This project was community led, with the leaders in Heyfield coming together and approaching Council to clearly articulate what they wanted to see in their town for their young citizens," he said.

"The Heyfield community told us the existing skate park didn't meet the needs of younger children or those learning how to skate, so they wanted to expand the facilities to accommodate more skill levels to achieve greater involvement and use.

"Stage two of the project was the development of the pump track, which was assisted by funding from our Federal Member Darren Chester.

"Council led intensive community engagement during this process, inviting locals to take a look at different designs for the pump track and vote for their favourite lay-out. The results of that community vote are what you see here today."

Cr Stephens said the completed facility had already become a local attraction, with families coming from other towns to test it out.

"We've had families travel from all over Gippsland to try out this pump track and skate park, which is fantastic for the Heyfield community," he said.

"We do hope that people continue to visit Heyfield for this purpose and while they are here spend some money locally and provide a boost for the local economy."

On the pump track: Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Cooper Woolan, Jayden Woolen, Jamie Woolan, Wellington Shire Council mayor Garry Stephen

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