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Skate Park petition pays off for Chinchilla locals

5 October 2017

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman with Brad and Claudia Ehlers, who've been integral in rallying the community to support the refurbishment of the Chinchilla Skate Park.

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman with Brad and Claudia Ehlers, who’ve been integral in rallying the community to support the refurbishment of the Chinchilla Skate Park.

Grinding, flipping and sliding your board across the Chinchilla Skate Park is set to get a lot more fun, with Western Downs Regional Council announcing that the popular hangout will receive a $200,000 refurbishment thanks to a couple of dedicated locals and funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

  • Having reached its useful life, the popular Chinchilla Skate Park will undergo a much-needed upgrade to improve reliability and safety for all users;
  • Championed as a key infrastructure project by the local Chinchilla community, the Skate Park upgrade is one of ten projects approved for funding under round two of the State Government’s Works for Queensland program;
  • Local businessman Brad Ehlers and wife Claudia Ehlers delivered over 400 signatures to Council in December 2016, and have been working closely with Council to see the Chinchilla Skate Park refurbishment come to life.

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the much-needed refurbishment will make way for a safer, more enjoyable facility for current and future generations.

“We have such 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.

“For many years the Chinchilla Skate Park has been key in supporting a vibrant, healthy and active community across all age groups in and around Chinchilla, and the planned upgrade will see many more generations reap the benefits.

“With the support of the State Government, now we can move forward with planning and design to create an even better skate experience for our community and visitors.”

Brad and Claudia Ehlers began their petition to refurbish the Skate Park in September 2016, delivering over 400 signatures from residents and visitors to Council in support of revamping the Skate Park.

Brad said that he is excited and thrilled that the Works for Queensland funding means the Chinchilla community will receive a revamped Skate Park sooner than they think.

“We’ve had such a strong response for 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. So, it’s great to see this outcome!”

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Media Contact:

Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries | 0401 662 352