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    SKATE TOUR: Dimboola’s Ashton Stott in action at Nhill Skate Park last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Hindmarsh Shire to host skate tour as part of Youth Week in Nhill, Dimboola, Rainbow and Jeparit

Hindmarsh Shire Council will provide a unique experience for skateboard and scooter enthusiasts later this year as part of 2020 Youth Week.

Council leaders have secured State Government funding to organise a bus tour of the shire’s skateparks in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow.

The tour represents an opportunity for young people in Hindmarsh Shire to experience all four skateparks in one day. 

Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford announced funding for a Hindmarsh Shire Skatepark Tour to celebrate Youth Week, which runs from April 3 to 12, coinciding with school holidays. 

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With government and council funding confirmed, the council will now determine a date for the tour.

Hindmarsh mayor Rob Gersch expressed his gratitude for the government funding.

“This is a great opportunity for youth from across the shire to come together and experience our great skateparks in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow,” he said.

“Without a public transport network, it is difficult for our residents under the age of 18 to visit neighbouring towns. 

“This initiative will allow our youth to pit their skills against each of our skateparks, all of which offer vastly different challenges.” 

Organisers are already deep in planning and the proposal is for a bus to pick up participants from Rainbow, Jeparit and Dimboola with skate and scoot activities starting at Nhill.

The bus will then complete another lap of the four towns, stopping off at each skatepark. 

The council will provide lunch for participants and return them to their point of origin later in the afternoon.

The council is calling for input from Hindmarsh Shire youth to help with the planning for this event to ensure it meets the needs of skateboard and scooter enthusiasts.

Any young people keen to help shape the event can call Hindmarsh Shire Council community development co-ordinator Simon Landrigan on 5391 4444 or email

The entire February 12, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!