Seymour Skatepark will host a skate festival as part of a Victorian Skate Park League competition on Saturday 13 October with giveaways, live DJs, food trucks, bubble soccer, a bucking bull and pop up skate stores.
The competition is open for skaters, scooters and BMX riders with a range of age groups and prizes available.
The Skate Park Leagues are community-based grassroots events focused on embracing skate park culture and bringing the community together. The scooter heats will be held from 11am, BMX from 12.30pm and skate from 1.30pm.
Mitchell Shire Council’s Youth Council and Volume committee are partnering with YMCA to deliver the drug, alcohol and smoke free event with thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Ice Action Grants.
The event will also provide a unique and fun platform for local services and organisations such as Nexus Primary Health, Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice Service and The Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service to promote and engage with the community in reducing the effects of ice in the community.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said the event was a credit to the hard work of Council’s Youth Services team, the Mitchell Youth Council, Volume committee and local organisations.
“This will be a fun event and give young people across our region the chance to come and see the best skaters in Victoria on show,” Cr Sanderson said.
“This is also a great way for our community to celebrate the positive contribution our younger people can make in our community when given the chance.
“We are very fortunate to have such a strong group of young leaders who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and help deliver this fun event and help address a very serious problem in our community at the same time.”
Mitchell’s Youth Council Mayor Lachlan Matthews-Gunn said he was looking forward to the event.
“I’d encourage everyone to come along and show off the positive things about our skate culture and our community,” Mr Matthews-Gunn said.
“The Volume committee has pulled together a great line up of activities on the day and it is shaping up to be an event not to miss.”
As part of the Community Ice Action Grant, the event will also provide people of all ages with an opportunity to find out what they can do to help support family and friends who may be experiencing addiction problems and what local support services are available.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the event provided a good opportunity to bring service providers together in a fun and welcoming way.
“Events like this help service providers and young people build relationships so that if someone does need help or information to get through harder times or to support family or friends, they know how to take the first steps,” she said.
“Thanks to this funding stream, Council has held a range of youth-led drug support initiatives over the past three years including awareness campaigns, community forums and parent information sessions.
“This sort of investment in our community helps prevent problems from occurring in the first place and helps people know what is available locally should they need support at any time.”
Seymour Skatepark is located at Chittick Park, Seymour (enter via Pollard Street). The event will run from 11am to 6pm. All welcome, but please note, this is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event.