PETER Lea, Youth Worker for the Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre Party Smarty Project – an anti-binge drinking initiative – has given the local skate park at Nambucca Heads the thumbs up as a safe youth facility.
Party Smarty has partnered with Nambucca Shire Council for the skate safe project.
During the past 12 months, Party Smarty has funded many skate competitions and has been heavily involved in the Youth Week Youthfest 2010 event funded by a Better Futures Grant.
“Through all these activities and my regular visits to the park as part of my work, I have witnessed nothing but positive and well behaved young people, with older skaters looking after young ones, and parents, particularly mums, comment on how they see the park as an excellent youth facility and safe environment for their children,” said Mr Lea.
“The recent media from a small pocket of residents is disappointing as it paints a totally wrong picture of an excellent youth sporting facility.”
Valley Skaters is a committee of young people, youth workers, local residents and parents who help organise skate events, supervise at the skate park and assist with community relations. It is also on the Coronation Park Trust, which is a mix of sports including football, cricket and soccer.
“Living across the road from a mix of sporting groups is sometimes a bit noisy but I know that the skaters are not a problem. In fact, I find the kids both respectful and highly skilled athletes who love their chosen sport,” said Mr Lea.
Over the last 12 months, TAFE gardening and paving courses, local skate competitions and youth events have brought an estimated $50,000 into the community via the skate park.
I find the kids both respectful and highly skilled athletes who love their chosen sport