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Moyne council gets its skates on

PLANNING for the creation of better facilities for young people in Koroit has begun.

Community consultation will be undertaken to develop a Koroit youth space.

The work will be taken on by Moyne Shire Council and is expected to incorporate skate elements.

This comes after a petition was generated by Koroit teenager Mitchell Hughan calling for a skate park in the town.

The petition was formally accepted by councillors at their meeting on Tuesday and follows on from a similar community petition on this issue in 2012.

While the 2012 push for a skate park failed to get off the ground, the latest campaign looks more likely to succeed.

Sourcing funding for the youth space is off to a strong start with councillors recommending the project be referred to the council’s 2015/16 capital budget.

In her report to councillors on the youth space, the council’s recreation and community development manager Jacquie Anderton said the project fitted in with the council’s youth strategy, which was released in July.

“Goal one of the youth strategy is to make youth participation the core approach to youth leadership and youth development,” Ms Anderton said.

“The presentation and organisation of the petition by Koroit youth Mitchell Hughan is indicative of youth leadership potential and needs to be encouraged and supported.”

The commuity will be consulted on an appropriate location for a skate park in the town. Locations previously suggested include Victoria Park, the Village Green and the former Koroit railway station.

The Koroit Business and Tourism Association has also pledged its support for the skate park. Mayor Colin Ryan has also backed the skate park and said the council needed to “go through the consultation and make it happen”.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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