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Cadia Valley Operations donation to kick start Glenroi Oval skate park project

By June 20, 2022News, Youth

Orange Deputy Mayor Gerald Power has welcomed a $110,000 donation from Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia) to put towards the construction of a new skate park at Glenroi Oval.

An expanded skate park was included in the Glenroi Oval Master Plan, which was adopted by Orange City Council in 2020 for the enhancement and development of the area.

Council will match Cadia’s contribution and seek further funding from the state and federal governments to build a skate park similar in size to the John Lomas Skate Park, which it is estimated will cost about $1 million.

Cr Power said the skate park would be built in stages as funding becomes available.

SKATES ON: Cadia Valley Operations Head of Operations Thomas Lethbridge, Orange Youth Hub youth worker Hana Way and Orange Deputy Mayor Gerald Power at the Glenroi Oval skate park, which is set for a revamp.

“You only have to see the hundreds of children that visit the John Lomas Skate Park each week to know what a popular facility this will be with residents in the Glenroi area and users of Glenroi Oval,” he said.

“This project will be an important boost for the Glenroi community and a valuable recreational addition for the city, and will sit alongside a new $170,000 playground, new amenities block and barbecue facilities.”

The initial $220,000 investment will allow for the skate park to be designed and the construction of Stage 1, which is expected to be a similar size to the skate park at Anzac Park.

Cadia provided the funding through its Legacy Fund, which works in partnership with community representatives to develop and deliver strategic projects which will leave a legacy on the local region.

Cadia General Manager, Aaron Brannigan, says it will be great to see the community facility become a reality.

“Through the Cadia Legacy Fund we are pleased to support the Glenroi Oval Skate Park which was identified by the local community as a key initiative to activate the area,” Mr Brannigan said.

“The new skate park will increase community accessibility to facilities in the neighbourhood and provide a recreational outlet for youth which will have physical, mental and social health benefits.

“This donation will help create a facility that families will enjoy for decades to come and leave a lasting legacy in our local community.”

CONCEPT: One of the plans for how the new skate park could look.

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