Yeppoon’s skaters have joined the local community to mark the re-opening of the skate park today, with the unveiling of a car park art façade that celebrates Indigenous culture also taking place at the event.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the two upgrades, which form part of the broader $53 million Revitalisation on the Foreshore Precinct and CBD project, will help keep Yeppoon vibrant for new generations while supporting local tourism.
"Both are fantastic upgrades. The new skate park is a kids’ cement paradise with beachfront views, and the car park positions Yeppoon as a unique public art destination,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the skate park and the car park art would improve quality of life for Yeppoon residents.
“This is much more than a skate park, it is a beautiful and safe place for Yeppoon youth to meet, skate and socialise, and the magnificent car park art celebrates Darumbal culture,” Ms Landry said.
Queensland Minister for Sport Mick De Brenni said the upgrades would have significant local and regional benefits.
“Access to art and sport fundamentally enhance community lifestyle and are catalysts for driving local and regional economies. Over 2,000 people are expected to use the skate park each year alone,” Mr De Brenni said.
Mayor of Livingstone Shire Council Bill Ludwig said prominent public art spaces influence a sense of place and contributes to quality of life for residents, workers and visitors.
“This significant and meaningful artwork not only acknowledges our traditional owners the Darumbal people, but also enhances our public spaces, contributing to the quality of life for residents, workers and visitors to the city,” Cr Ludwig said.
The Australian Government committed $10 million to the project, with the Queensland Government providing $29 million and Livingstone Shire Council $14 million.