May 21, 2013

Upgrade to Skate and BMX facilities for Cairns region

Local skateboarders and BMX enthusiasts living in and around Cairns will soon get upgraded skateboarding and BMX facilities.

Cairns Regional Council will receive $135,000 for the Skate in the Tropics project under Round Three of the Federal Labor Government’s Regional Australia Development Fund.

Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese was in Cairns today and said that the project would improve skate and BMX infrastructure in four locations – Gordonvale, Wonga, Mossman and Babinda.

“The upgraded facilities include the installation of new shade shelters, seating, spine ramps and rail skate barriers. It will make skating and BMX biking an even more exciting outlet for young people, improving opportunities for them to socialise and get active,” he said.

The project will deliver a boost to jobs in the region, creating 14 jobs during construction and sustaining a further two after its completion.

“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for young people living in the area over the longer term,” Mr Albanese said.

Across Australia, 79 projects are receiving funding under the latest round.

“The latest round of regional funding continues our long-term investment in local communities including in health and hospitals, higher education, the NBN and infrastructure,” Mr Albanese said.

The project is expected to be completed by August next year.

More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au