Kids generate people power

TWO Koroit youngsters have collected more than 150 signatures calling on Moyne Shire to support a campaign to build a skate park in their town.

With holidays quickly approaching, brothers Ashley, 8, and nine-year-old Rudi McCall have only crooked footpaths to skate on.

But the pair have now collected up to 167 signatures backing their hopes.

Pages of names, as well as a handwritten letter by Ashley, will be among the notes of Moyne Shire councillors meeting tonight.

The boys' mother, Sarah McCall, said the brothers were among many Koroit children who had little to do when it came to the holidays.

"They just want an area where they can skate. There's so many kids in Koroit with a skateboard and there's nowhere to go," Ms McCall said.

"There's nothing in Koroit unless it's Auskick or cricket and that's seasonal."

Travelling to skate parks in Warrnambool and Port Fairy was not always a practical option for parents, she said.

She said other small towns had managed to build their own parks.

"When you drive through Lismore they have a great little skate park," she said.

"Koroit is growing and there's a lot of development here."

Ms McCall said a site near the former railway station would be ideal for the skate park.

The topic will be discussed at the council meeting in Mortlake tonight.

s.mccomish@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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