A group of 15 Mullumbimby High School students have approached Byron Shire Council for help to reduce the vandalism and graffiti at the Mullumbimby Skate Park.

The boys, who are part of the Youthlinx program run by Deb Pearse, want to make a difference to the way the park looks.

The council says that regular damage in the way of broken glass, tags and burnt bins has made the maintenance of the skate park an expensive exercise.

It’s also made the skate park at times less usable for the skaters and other young people who go there.

The group, who want to install some murals to make the place feel more youth friendly, also want to plant some new trees and set up some rules to help keep it safe.

Byron Shire Council has provided some of the art materials for the project and will assist with the tree planting and installation of new bins.

The Youthlinx Program will support the young people to produce the murals that will be installed at the skate park.

Rangi-marie from the Mullumbimby Youth and Recreational Facility Inc has said: “As a group we support this project and want to chip in and help.

“We would also like see if a new grind wall could be established.”

“Council is happy to support this project, especially when it’s led by young people themselves,” said Rita Youssef-Price, Council’s Youth Development Officer.

“Although it’s only a small step towards improving the appearance and safety of the park, this project will give young people a chance to be involved and make a difference in their own community.”

Any young people interested in participating in this project can SMS or call Deb Pearse from Youthlinx on 0403 613 229. 

If you would like further information, you can also contact Rita Youssef-Price on 6685 9342.