YOUNG skaters in the small towns of the Banana Shire can look forward to something new and exciting coming their way.
During development of the Banana Shire Council 10-year Parks Master Plan, the council advised it had received numerous requests from the public asking for skate park facilities in the smaller towns.
With funding from Queensland Government through the Works for Queensland program, a Mobile Fun Box was chosen for the region as it allows access to skate park facilities at a significantly reduced installation cost.
The MFB is handmade by SkateRamps Australia and there are only 16 units in use across the country.
The MFB sits on a trailer, which allows it to be moved easily between locations.
The upper structure is part of the trailer and its independent 12V power pack powers the hydraulic system.
Each section is independently controlled via a removable hand wand and is fitted with the latest hydraulic safety features, including safety warning lights and an alarm.
The MFB requires a 20mx20m sealed area such as a car park or tennis court for stable use.
The council has arranged for the installation of concrete pads for use in Wowan and Cracow and the Banana Progress Association has funded the installation of a concrete pad in Banana's Opportunity Park.
The mobile skate park will rotate on a schedule developed by the council for the small towns in the shire.
At this stage, the MFB is scheduled for initial installation at Banana in mid to late August.