Students lead the charge for Meredith's BMX skate park

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Find out what happens when two 13-year-olds have the courage to go for what they want.  

‘Meredith needs a place for kids to hang out.’

Harley Murfitt was only 13 years old when he and his best friend Max Love decided to approach their school principal to improve Meredith’s local skate park.Harley Murfitt sitting on a BMX

The idea got them a coveted Mayoral Youth Award from Golden Plains Shire Council, making their names known amongst the Meredith community.

It’s common for this community to drive local initiatives to encourage social connectedness and improve engagement in the town.

The upgraded skate park has brought together people of all ages from neighbouring towns – and the social benefits have been big.

Meeting up with friends after school or on the weekend is now easier with the park, and provides greater access for participation in sport and recreation.

The community-driven project includes development of a new BMX track, a new play space, basketball tower and installation of pathways, seating, a drinking fountain, shelter and landscaping.

‘I love what I see now, it’s everything I could have imagined,’ Harley said.

The project was a labour of love, not only for the community but also for the Sport and Recreation Victoria Grampians Team and Golden Plains Shire Council, who collaborated to ensure the best possible outcome for Meredith.

The Meredith Multi Playspace is a partnership project, funded by $420,000 from the Victorian Government and more than $530,000 from Golden Plains Shire Council.

It’s part of more than a $1.9 billion Victorian Government investment in community sport and active recreation infrastructure.

Victoria is Australia’s leading state for sporting and major events. The state is home to 9,500 community sport facilities, leisure and recreation centres, a network of over 2,000 trails and thousands of playgrounds, parks and sport reserves.