Labor candidate calls for release of skate park money
Labor Candidate for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid has called on the Federal Government to release $8.25 million for the Umina skate park announced by Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks in March 2019 in the lead-up to the Federal election.
"Almost three years after being promised, the Umina Recreaton Hub Project has not yet attracted a single cent from the Federal Government," he said.
"The project will involve a complete redevelopment of the Umina skate park, a BMX track, a new football clubhouse for Umina United, and a community integrated facility for the cricket, rugby league and Umina Tennis clubs, as well as the Umina Men's Shed.
"The funding was promised to upgrade the existing skate park to provide facilities for all ages and skills, with shade, seating, a water fountain and lighting, and build a modern BMX Pump Track.
"It will provide a new outdoor basketball court, provide parking, deliver walking tracks and an exercise station, and build barbecue and viewing areas."
Dr Reid said these infrastructure upgrades were important to our community.
"So many of our local community clubs were counting on these upgrades, particularly the sporting clubs which have been fielding frequent complaints due to their ageing drainage and facilities," he said.
"Our people, especially our children, desperately need safe, community-based recreation activities.
"Access to this funding would unlock important opportunities for the people of our community.
"At present, we do not have the infrastructure to meet these growing needs."
State Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch and Dr. Reid have launched a petition calling on Ms Wicks and Scott Morrison to deliver the money.
They have also released a video about the issue.
Ms Tesch has written a letter to Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison and Ms Wicks asking for this funding to be delivered.
Ms Tesch said: "We are sick of politicians flying into our community with big fake cheques promising the world and delivering nothing.
"Whether it's the commuter car park or the level crossing, the Liberals have a track record of all talk and no action when it comes to our community."
Media release, 13 Oct 2021
Gordon Reid, Labor candidate for Robertson
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford