August 22, 2016


Young people Dereel will be able to make the most of the new improved facilities and eye-catching artwork that has transformed the old Swamp Road Skate Park.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today joined Golden Plains Shire Mayor, Cr Des Phelan to officially launch the upgraded Dereel Recreation Centre which received $66,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Facility Funding Program and over $34,000 from Golden Plains Shire.

“Experienced and budding local skaters in Dereel now have a great space to come together, make friends, and showcase their talents,” Mr Howard said.

“The improvements to park include a quarter pipe, taco, mogul and ledge, along with a new basketball key and connecting path.

“The new Dereel Skate Park gives the young people even more reason to get active and socialise together in the community.

“We want all Victorians to have access to safe, modern facilities that they can be proud of, no matter where they live.”

The project received further improvements sharing in over $32,000 to deliver community mural projects at the Dereel Skate park as well as at Haddon Skate Park, Lethbridge Skate Park and Enfield Skate Park.

Local young people who painted these murals were mentored by a professional artist in the development of the artworks and they also participated in educational workshops featuring information about the impacts and consequences of illegal graffiti.

Their involvement has resulted in an increase in ownership of these spaces, decreasing the likelihood of future graffiti attacks.

The project was funded in partnership with the Andrews Labor Government, Golden Plains Shire Council, as well as the local community, who contributed to the mural and design of the park.