$200K grind, flip and slide
GRINDING, flipping and sliding your board across Chinchilla Skate Park is about to become a lot more fun, with the council announcing the popular hangout will receive a $200,000 upgrade.
The refurbishment comes thanks to a couple of dedicated locals and funding from the Queensland Government's Works for Queensland program.
Local businessman Brad Ehlers and wife Claudia Ehlers delivered more than 400 signatures to councillors in December and have been working closely with the council to see the Chinchilla Skate Park refurbishment come to life.
Championed as a key infrastructure project by the local Chinchilla community, the skate park upgrade was one of 10 projects approved for funding under round two of the program.
Mr and Mrs Ehlers began their petition to refurbish the skate park a year ago.
Mr Ehlers said he was excited and thrilled the funding meant the Chinchilla community would receive a revamped skate park sooner than they thought.
"We've had such a strong response from our community and it's fantastic that council have supported us all the way through,” he said.
"It will be very exciting to have an invigorated skate park that can provide our skaters and youth a sense of pride, ownership and belonging to their community.
"I went to the skate park every weekend for a couple of months to gather petitions, we started a Facebook page and also organised a skate demo with pro skaters last year, which really crystallised the push to bring the community together,” he said.
"So it's great to see this outcome.”
Councillor Carolyn Tillman, spokeswoman for parks, open spaces and cemeteries, said the much-needed refurbishment would make way for a safer, more enjoyable facility for current and future generations.
"We have a dedicated skate community here in Chinchilla, so to be able to work alongside Brad and his family - who are all keen skaters - to bring the refurbishment one step closure to reality is really exciting for council,” she said.
"With the support of the State Government, now we can move forward with planning and design.”