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Millfield Skatepark makeover continues


Stage two works will start at Millfield Skatepark next month, in yet another milestone for the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

However, the development’s concept began in 2017 thanks to a proposal from nine-year-old Beau Heffernan.

The young Millfield resident sent a 50-signature strong petition to Cessnock City Council.

From these grass roots beginnings, council’s Skate and BMX Strategy was developed, with the construction of a local skatepark at Millfield being a key action.

The first phase, delivered in 2021, involved the creation of a concrete skatepark, park furniture, access paths and landscaping.

The second stage includes further landscaping and the construction of a transitional/street style skatepark, which will provide a unique rider experience.

These works are anticipated to commence on Tuesday 16 August and expected to be completed late October, pending weather conditions.

Professional BMX rider Brodie Ritter and Millfield Public School students at the newly-opened Millfield Skatepark in 2021.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal said he looked forward to delivering the project to the community in partnership with Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC).

“The Millfield facility is the result of a wonderful collaboration between council and Mindaribba LALC,” he explained.

“It’s now the fourth skatepark to be delivered in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

“This project goes to show how council and the community can work together to deliver positive outcomes for all.”

Stage two of Millfield Skatepark was made possible, courtesy of a $314,688 grant under the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the initiative had funded 242 projects worth $420 million for mining communities in the past 10 years.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting regional mining towns that supply our state with precious resources,” he stated.

“I am pleased Cessnock City Council put this project forward to support the ongoing prosperity of the local community.”

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