Knoll’s $150,000 boost for Freeling Skate Park

A $150,000 State Government grant will boost Light Regional Council’s $300,000 plan to redevelop the Freeling Skate Park and entrance to the new Freeling Agriculture, Recreation and Multi-use Centre.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll met with representatives of Light Regional Council and the Freeling community on Friday to deliver the good news.

“As the local member, I’m thrilled that we will be providing funding to assist in improving the amenity and liveability of this town and this exciting new facility,” Mr Knoll said.

“The upgrade of this skate park will be fantastic for the many young people in the growing Freeling community, increasing the capacity of the existing facility.

“The vibrant new entrance will complement the impressive new F.A.R.M. Centre.”

The entrance gateway project seeks to redevelop the vacant open space around the existing skate park into a passive and active recreational activity space.

It involves the demolition of existing structures; new concrete paths; extension of the existing skate park facilities; park facilities such as shelter, seating, signage, picnic settings and drinking fountain; landscaping of lawn, trees, garden beds and irrigation; and lighting and new fencing.

Light Regional Council and the Freeling community welcomed Mr Knoll’s announcement.

“Our community is about to grow at an unprecedented rate and we welcome the support of our local member Stephan Knoll in funding this much needed infrastructure,” chief executive officer Brian Carr said.

“This much needed youth facility, at the entrance to the new F.A.R.M. Centre, will add to the many developments underway in the Light Regional Council area.”

Ward councillor Mark Frankcom was a strong advocate for the project.

“We have landed this community project with special support from Council’s properties and facilities manager Megan Renzella,” he said.

“This is another example of the community working together.”

The funding will be delivered through the State Government’s Planning and Development Fund, via the Places for People Program, and requires a $150,000 Council contribution.

The Places for People program aims to increase the useability and function of the public realm through innovative and creative design outcomes, and to create or revitalise public spaces that are important to the social, cultural and economic life of their communities.