13 June 2024

The Hon Kristy McBain

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro

Cr Russell Fitzpatrick

Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council


The development of the Merimbula Skate Park is one step closer, with the concept plan now developed.

The project is being delivered thanks to a $500,000 election commitment funded under the Investing in Our Communities Program and will make a real difference for Merimbula families.

Under this program, the Australian Government is delivering community and sporting infrastructure, open space improvements and other community priorities nationwide intended to assist communities to build their strengths and improve liveability.

The project will include the construction of a new skatepark, as well as:

·       preliminary earthworks for the new skatepark facility

·       installation of the new skatepark facility with custom skate rails and other features

·       connecting pathways around the new facility.

The project is estimated to support seven jobs during the project construction and is expected to be complete by April 2026.

For more information on the program visit the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain:

“This has been a long-campaigned for community project and I’m so proud to help deliver it.

“Skating is a growing sport on the Far South Coast, with more and more kids skateboarding, roller skating or using scooters and bikes.

“However, we need to make sure our local facilities are keeping pace with the needs of the community.

Congratulations to Sapphire Coast Skate Association and its volunteers for leading the charge on this project.”

Quotes attributable to Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick:

“We are excited this project is progressing well and we are grateful for the funding, noting there may be a need to secure further funding to see the project constructed.

“This project will replace the existing aging skatepark located at Berrambool with a new facility at Ford Park, Merimbula.

“It will be located adjacent to the existing basketball court, inclusive play area and the beach.

“The new skatepark will be designed to work with the existing landform, create clear and open entry points and importantly, provide elements that do not exist in the surrounding skateparks which will enhance the diversity of skate terrain in the Bega Valley.”