Keeping the Collie skate park clean and safe is a top priority for local teenager Nathan Ryan, who has been regularly picking up litter at the facility for the past year.
Nathan’s efforts were recognised at a presentation ceremony last week where he was awarded certificates of recognition from the Collie Police, PCYC and Shire of Collie.
Collie Police Senior Sergeant Mike Dean said the police had regularly observed Nathan cleaning up the skate park and surrounding areas via the video surveillance at the park.
“Some of you will know that the town is under video surveillance, and I have got it in my office, so most things that happen round town we do see,” he said.
“We have watched Nathan cleaning up the skate park, and not just one one occasion, he is always down there cleaning it up, and thank goodness he does because otherwise there would be a lot more skin missing around this town.
“The bad kids cop a lot of trouble so we thought it was about time the good kids got recognised.”
Shire of Collie Director Corporate Services Allison Fergie said it was pleasing to see Shire’s facilities being looked after.
“From the Shire’s point of view we have put a lot of time and a lot of money into making parks and skate parks so that this is a pleasant, beautiful place for the community to live,” she said.
“We had been hearing about a boy who had been cleaning up the skate park for some time but we weren’t sure who that was.
“So when we were contacted and told it was Nathan, we were really pleased to be able to recognise that.”
Collie PCYC Manager Linda Gallagher presented Nathan a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the PCYC, where Nathan regularly spends time.
“Brilliant effort Nathan, for contributing to the community of Collie in a positive way and for being an outstanding role model and for creating a safer and better environment for all,” she said.
Nathan said he enjoys using the facility and would hate to see if left in a mess.