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Skating was on the agenda at the City of Swan's Wednesday council meeting, and the community had a big win.

Skating wins out in Midland

A community-driven campaign for a skatepark in Midland has been successful, with the City of Swan voting to construct a $950,000 skatepark in Midvale.

While the Executive Manager of Operations recommendation was to defer an investigation into developing a skatepark until the completion of the Open Space and Communty Buildings Strategy, which is expected later this year, it was clear Council had heard the community outcry for the youth facility.

However agreeing on how to move forward was the major sticking point, with two separate motions proposed by councillors Claire Scanlan and Mark Elliot.

While combining the two motions was considered, in the end Cr Elliot’s motion prevailed.

The City will invest $100,000 to plan and design the skatepark at Lot 300 Gray Drive, with the planning to be completed before the end of this financial year.

$850,000 will then be allocated in the 2019/2020 City of Swan budget to construct the skatepark, with that constrution earmarked to after the start of that financial year.

Workshops will be held with skaters and stakeholders as part of the consultation for the design process.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story in 2013 and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014, and he's a finalist in three categories of the 2018 WA Media Awards. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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