Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with Sussex Inlet community groups have launched the new Learn to Ride facility at Thompson Street Sporting Complex, Sussex Inlet.
The project received funding from three partners including $20,000 from the Gilmore Stronger Communities Program Federal Funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; $5000 from Sussex Inlet Rotary and the bulk of the funding $65,000 from Shoalhaven City Council’s minor improvements budget.
Mayor Amanda Findley is very thankful for the funding, “We would like to thank the Federal Government and Sussex Inlet Rotary for supporting the project to ensure children can learn to ride their bikes safely, off the roads, in a simulated road environment. This facility educates children on road safety, provides enjoyment, as well as peace of mind to parents. The extra funding and support is very much appreciated to allow us to build something for the children and parents in the area.”
Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said she was delighted to support a facility that teaches children how to ride a bike and bike rules, “It is great to see this project come to together, it will be an important community asset offering both a fun environment for young people and the opportunity to practice their skills,” she said.
“I’d like to personally thank Tracey Sassal and her family; the Sassal family are the main reason for the development. Just after the 2015 Shoalhaven floods Tracey’s son suggested that he would like to see a riding park, kind of like the skate parks, and here we are today a brand new Learn to Ride facility,” said Mrs Sudmalis.
Council worked side by side with the community in consulting with their needs holding onsite meetings with community group representatives and local primary school students to examine the need for a Learn to Ride facility and potential new sites. Site investigations specifically focused on public reserves with existing recreation facilities and how to minimise the requirement for vegetation removal.