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Young people in Maffra have an exciting new way to keep active with the completion of the Maffra Play Precinct.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the play precinct, including the new pump track would complement similar projects throughout Wellington.

“The $320,000 project including the expansion of the adjoining skate park adds to pump tracks already built in Yarram, Stratford and Heyfield,” Mr Chester said.

“The new pump track and upgraded skate park provide local families and visitors with a safe place they can have fun and socialise while keeping active.

“Projects that improve local infrastructure but also keep our community active are fantastic investments in our region and something I will continue to strongly advocate for.

“Each pump track throughout Wellington is unique in design and I encourage Gippslanders to travel around and try each track and support our local communities by spending some time and money in the region.”

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said the project had been a community effort with local school children and the wider community consulted on the design and purpose of the project.

“It’s great to see local families and younger people playing such a big role and having their say in how their space was developed,” Cr Stephens said.

“Year 9 students from Maffra Secondary College presented Council with the idea of building an asphalt pump track, then Council asked the community to choose the design of the pump track and the skate park improvements that they wanted.

“We’re now seeing lots of younger people of a range of ages and abilities getting physically active here at the site, along with their parents and carers, which is fantastic for the youth of Maffra.”

The Federal Government provided $320,000 towards the project through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Wellington Shire Council administered the project.

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