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Torres Skene made a deputation in support of funding for the Darlington skate park. Picture: GUS SKENE

Youth speak up for half-pipe funding

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

 

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