27 February 2024

Wyndham’s young people can look forward to rolling, dropping in and climbing into action at the Lawrie Emmins Reserve Youth and Skate Facility, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Member for Laverton Sarah Connolly, representing Minister for the Suburbs Sonya Kilkenny, today officially launched works on the facility, which is backed by $1.5 million from the Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Located in Laverton North, Lawrie Emmins Reserve spans more than 70 hectares, making it one of the most significant open spaces in the City of Wyndham.

The construction of the Youth and Skate Facility is a key part of plans to transform the reserve into a bustling and vibrant recreation precinct.

The works will create a park perfect for skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes, bouldering walls for exercise and climbing, as well as outdoor basketball, netball and multi-use courts.

Once completed, the Facility will also feature a large plaza with shade and seating, BBQ and picnic facilities, irrigated high-quality lawn areas with landscaping, public toilets, and car parking.

Construction will also provide service connection points for community events and performances, allowing for large food trucks to access the reserve and electricity to be provided for festivals and events.

Importantly, works at the reserve will provide youth and families from the fast-growing suburbs of Laverton North, Williams Landing and Truganina with access to large recreation spaces perfect for all ages and abilities.

Since 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has provided Wyndham City Council with more than $45 million in funding towards 30 projects in its local area.

Through its 2023/24 Budget, the Victorian Government is investing another $10 million in the Growing Suburbs Fund to support the delivery of critical local infrastructure in Melbourne’s fastest-growing communities. This funding is part of an $18.9 million investment to support suburbs across the city. 

Ms Connolly acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment to the project and financial contribution of $2.2 million.

To learn more about the Growing Suburbs Fund, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Laverton Sarah Connolly

“Wyndham is home to a vibrant community of active young people. I’m thrilled that works have started on what I’m sure will become the home of active and passive recreation for our community.”

“Through projects like this we are helping to build thriving places and connected communities, where people live their best lives in the company of family, friends and neighbours.”