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End the holidays at Xmas in the Skate Park

Xmas in the Skate Park
Xmas in the Skate Park will showcase local youth-based services, an ephemeral street-art battle, and a free sausage sizzle for community members to enjoy. Photo: Jeremy Tait, Skye Zielke and John Stevens

End the summer school holidays with family and friends at the rescheduled Xmas in the Skate Park event.

Hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council in partnership with yourtown, the teen-focused event will be held at the newly upgraded Walla Street Skate Park on Thursday 19 January.

Xmas in the Skate Park will showcase local youth-based services, an ephemeral street-art battle, and a free sausage sizzle for community members to enjoy.

Bundaberg’s yourtown group leader Skye Zielke said the group welcomed the opportunity to join in the fun of Xmas in the Skate Park.

Skye said they were excited to support the youth-focussed event and provide fun and free entertainment for the school holidays.

She said there would be music and prizes for the best dressed in Christmas theme.

Two local artists, Bec McPherson from Bexylum Art and Taylor Klaasen, will battle it out using chalk pastels to promote the skate culture in the Bundaberg Region.

“I am pumped to be part of an event that promotes inclusiveness within a community consisting of so many youths,” Bec said.

“It is so important for future generations to be progressive and accepting of one another regardless of who they are and what walk of life they are from.”

Bec and Taylor have known each other through the art community for years, and they’re both excited to battle it out at Xmas in the Skate Park.

“I am excited to go against such an amazing local artist,” Bec said.

“As a huge fan of Taylor’s work, I am so humbled to work alongside her. Funnily enough, my favourite piece I have from Taylor is a skateboard deck.

“I believe we both have super different styles when it comes to our art.

“Art is personal for everyone, and I feel we both have unique features and signature elements that make our art identifiable.”

Bec said Xmas in the Skate Park would help bring the community together.   

“It’s crucial events like this happen in our community as it brings awareness and progressiveness to all generations,” Bec said.

“The world is a better place when people feel included and are reminded that they matter. This event promotes just that in a positive, creative, and dynamic setting.”

Taylor agreed saying Xmas in the Skate Park would help unite the community.

“I think it’s really important to have events like these as it brings the community together and showcases the great things we have here in Bundaberg,” Taylor said.

yourtown keeps youth engaged

Skye said yourtown helped young people to find their strengths through training and development.

“We believe it’s imperative to keep youth engaged in local events to create friendships, to assist with their mental wellbeing and to showcase the many local community organisations that are available to support our youth,” Skye said.

“yourtown works together with young people to uncover and supercharge their strengths, providing the practical training and skills development they need, when they need it. 

“Local youth aged 15 to 24 years of age can turn to yourtown for practical support to secure a job, refer to education or training, find local job opportunities, or connect with local community services.

“yourtown offers a wrap-around service to create meaningful pathways for local young people.”  

Xmas in the Skate Park will be held at Walla Street Skate Park between 10 am and 4 pm on Thursday 19 January.

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