Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club receives $300,000 funding on behalf of the Lake Cathie Skate Park Committee

SKATING SECURED: Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club, Lake Cathie Skate Park members with Leslie Williams (centre).
SKATING SECURED: Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club, Lake Cathie Skate Park members with Leslie Williams (centre).

Lake Cathie community groups have landed over $300,000 of funding after years of lobbying for construction of a local skate park on the foreshore reserve.

Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club applied for the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Funding grant on behalf of the Lake Cathie Skate Park Committee.

Both groups had originally met to address the lack of youth focused attractions at Lake Cathie in August 2016.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the grant officially announced on March 17 is the result of years of work from the community.

"The Committee has worked hard over the years to see young people of the area provided with a skate park and it's exciting to announce it will soon become a reality," said Mrs Williams.

"It's something that was proposed many years ago even before 2016 and one of the issues was finding the right spot for it.

"We wanted to find a spot that was quite visible and that was quite a process narrowing it down from ten possible sites.

"Up until now there really hasn't been a lot of youth focused attractions in Lake Cathie so the skate park will certainly fill a void."

Lake Cathie Skate And Recreation Park president Mick Fullbrook said the skate park grant is the culmination of more than 15 years work for the community.

"I've been in this for 15 years now and two committees, the Lions Club have jumped on board with us and they have been a big asset," said Mr Fullbrook.

"It's a great benefit for the youth of Lake Cathie because they need something to do. At the moment they are skating down at the Woolworths carpark and behind shops.

"There's skate parks everywhere except for Lake Cathie and I've been trying to get one for 15 years. You go to every small town and they will have one.

"It's going to be an asset for Lake Cathie and great for tourism too."

Mr Fullbrook said the final design will include a street section, pump track and open bowl to encourage use by people of all ages.

Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club vice-president John Hayes said the Lions support coincided with the Clubs 100 year anniversary.

"We've tried different places and ideas but this is ideal. It's the only place suitable for everyone," he said.

"We nominated for it and it's been a long time coming. It's up to Council but it could be started this or next month to be finished in August or September and ready for summer."

Around $100 million is being distributed across the state, with over $50 million to fund infrastructure and programs for regional youth, according to Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

"Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields," said Mr Barilaro.

"We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs."

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