BEACONSFIELD MOUNTAINBOARDERS will finally have a home after Cardinia Shire Council approved the Masterplan for the Officer District Park at their last General Meeting.
Councillor Brett Owen said the “exciting reserve” will sit atop the “highest point in the residential part of Officer” on Skyline Drive in the Grandvue Estate and will be large enough to host regional mountainboarding, skateboarding and BMX events.
“It’s attracting older children and teenagers, I think that’s great; there’s probably a current gap at the moment for that sort of thing”, Cr Owen said.
“We’ve got small parks around the shire but to have a regional type skate park is really exciting”.
He also said the Council has received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from community consultation.
Cr Owen said the estimated cost of the park is $5M and Council have applied for a $2M grant via the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Cr Owen said, if Council is successful, this money would be “a very good start”.
“It would do a fair share of what we’re proposing to do on the masterplan”, he said.
He said while the remainder would likely be funded by general rate revenue, Council is always looking for other grant opportunities.
Cr Owen hopes the park will be completed in 5 years, inclusive of the current budget discussions.
Professional Mountainboarder, Dylan Warren said they have been petitioning Council for a facility for two years.
However, Cr Owen said finding a site with the right topography had proved difficult.
Dylan from Australian Mountainboarders said, “We’re trying to build a community and introduce kids in the area to mountainboarding. We also try to promote outdoor lifestyles and putting aside their PlayStations”.
Together with the not-for-profit Victorian Mountainboarders, Australian Mountainboarders offer free workshops for kids.
But Dylan said the lack of a facility in the area had been a problem.
“There wasn’t a facility in the area where the kids could go after school and ride on the weekends and really build that community like they do at a skatepark”, he said.
“The missing piece in the puzzle was that these kids were getting into the sport, but they had nowhere to ride”.
Dylan said mountainboarding also attracts snowboarders looking to practice in the summer or skateboarders who want to ride different terrain.
“Eventually, when the park is built then we’ll have a home for Mountainboarding and a world-class facility in Cardinia”, he said.
“We’ll be able to grow and introduce more kids to the sport we love so much”.
Australian Mountainboarders: https://ausmountainboarders.com/
Location of the reserve (Google Maps):
Cardinia Shire Council 2019, ‘Council meetings – agendas and minutes’, retrieved 7 January 2019, <https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/meetings>.
Cardinia Shire Council 2019, ‘Council meetings - Cardinia Shire Council’, accessed 7 January 2019, <https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/info/20007/your_shire_and_council/117/council_meetings#section-3-watch-the-most-recent-council-meeting-online--monday-10-december>.
Words: Deanna Vonic
Photo: Craig Hallihan