MEDIA RELEASE: Labor commits $500,000 to funding Banjo's skate park in Wamberal, Tuesday 12 April 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY  

 

 LABOR COMMITS $500,000 TO FUNDING BANJO’S SKATE PARK IN WAMBERAL

Federal Labor announced today that, if elected, it will commit $500,000 for a new skate park in Wamberal dedicated to the memory of Banjo Pilon.

Banjo died tragically in August last year, when a car hit him while skateboarding .  He was just 10 years old. 

The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said she was pleased to be able to support the efforts of Banjo’s parents, Mic and Jilly Pilon, to create a beautiful memorial to their son.

“This new skate park will be a lasting reminder of Banjo’s passion for skating, and passion for life,” Ms Plibersek said.

“It is also an important piece of new local infrastructure for the Central Coast - an area crying out for investment like this.”

Labor’s candidate for Roberston, Anne Charlton, said the $500,000 would go to Gosford City Council to help them deliver the new skate park. 

“The best of Central Coast community spirit has been on display recently with more than 4,000 locals joining a Facebook group calling for a skate park in Wamberal,” Ms Charlton said.

“I thank Wamberal residents for their generosity in lending their support to the vision for a skate park to be built in their area.

 “So many of the residents I have doorknocked in Wamberal have told me just how much they want this park.  It is a testament to the love and community we share here on the Coast that everyone comes together to support locals, and support local projects.

“We have such a beautiful natural environment here on the Coast, and this park will ensure that our children have a safe place to enjoy the outdoors.

“It will be a beautiful reminder for Mic and Jilly, and the whole community, of the light and laughter that Banjo created.”

Banjo’s father, Mic Pilon, welcomed Labor’s support, and thanked the community for raising nearly $4,000 for the project.

 “This park will be a celebration of our wonderful and vibrant son, and to have the community stand so strongly behind us is such a comfort,” Mr Pilon said.

 “Jilly, Fletcher, Gabbi, and I can’t express just how much this means to us, and I want to thank all those who have donated their time, money, and spirit to making this possible.”