DARLINGTON youth dominated a meeting in Mundaring this week to argue against a recommendation not to reallocate funding from the suburb’s dirt jumps to the skate park.
The $25,000 funding grant, and election commitment from Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes, was originally listed in the 2018/19 Shire of Mundaring budget for the resurfacing of the Darlington dirt jumps.
A council report said it did not support the Darlington Community Recreation Advisory Group’s request to reconsider the funds for a half-pipe at the skate park, instead recommending the funding stay allocated to the dirt jumps.
Professional skateboarder and youth mentor William Kitely said the skate park had become a youth centre and urged council not to spend more money on the dirt jumps.
“Youth and teens in Darlington need a space they can respect and feel a part of the community,” he said.
“A concrete skate park provides this whereas a dirt based facility does not.
By Claire Ottaviano