New mural at Batemans Bay skate park

The new mural at the Batemans Bay Skate Park will incorporate the previous memorial to the late Trent Budinsky, even if the words “RIP Trent” are a lot less prominent.The new mural will incorporate previous ones, and the mural featuring the words “RIP Trent” will be replicated in a 1.2 metre wide section of it.The previous mural was painted in 2006, the year after 13-year-old Trent was killed by a car in Batehaven.Reflecting Trent’s love of skateboarding, the “Shred for Trent” skateboarding competition was held at the park in 2008.Council has been planning for the past few months to work with the community to create a new mural at Hanging Rock. Workshops to develop the design with a Eurobodalla artist were held last weekend in Batemans Bay, with everyone in the community, including friends of Trent involved in painting the previous mural, invited.“The invitation to get involved in the new design has been on Facebook for three months,” Eurobodalla Shire Council facilities management co-ordinator Chris Tague said.“It is time to change the mural to reflect what is happening now.”However Mr Tague said that he had encountered some opposition to replacing the mural, much of it from friends and family of Trent.Trent’s sister Natalie expressed her dissatisfaction on Facebook on Monday.“Something I don’t understand is the council wants the community to get involved in redesigning it yet no one in the community wanted it changed? The council clearly doesn’t take anyone’s thoughts into consideration.”However Mr Tague claimed Natalie had expressed acceptance of the changes. He has also been in contact with Trent’s father, Vlado Budinsky, about the decision to replace the mural, and Mr Budinsky has mixed feelings about it.“When I spoke to Chris about six months ago, I told him that I would really like to keep the same memorial, and that I was surprised that those who built the memorial would then want to destroy it, but I understand Chris’s point of view,” Mr Budinsky said.“I am happy that a memorial to Trent will be included in the new skatepark, and that his school friends, who helped to paint the original mural, are involved again.”Mr Tague said that council was looking at providing another memorial to Trent at Caseys Beach, where he and his father used to walk.The new skate park will be open this Saturday, the new mural finished soon after, and the grand opening held on July 14.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.