Skate park priority

South Ward councillor Dominic Bonanno met with Gisborne local Thomas Gilmour to discuss his campaign to improve the skate park in 2020.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will prioritise the Gisborne Skate Park and Pump Track in its application to the state’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

The council is seeking $450,000 for the project which will rejuvenate the park and increase activity for users of all skill levels.

In 2020 the¬†Express¬†reported then nine-year-old Thomas Gilmour’s campaign to council to transform the space.

The young skater rallied more than 700 youth to call for improvements to Gisborne Skate Park.

Now youth have had the chance to contribute to its design and the project is progressing.

MRSC is also seeking $560,000 GSF funding for stage two of its electronic vehicle charging stations project.

The project includes installation of public, fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations (50kW systems) in Lancefield, Riddells Creek, Gisborne, Macedon, Romsey and Malmsbury.

Last week, councillor Dominic Bonanno, who assisted Tom in presenting his case to council, moved that the project be prioritised ahead of the EV charging stations project.

“Making this project a priority is intended to give it the best possible chance of being funded sooner via the Growing Suburbs Fund,” he said.

“The chance of them both being funded is low and there are other options for the EV stations project being explored.”

The move was supported unanimously.