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$70,000 secured for Hamilton South playground replacement


A playground at the Hamilton South Community Centre will finally be replaced, fulfilling an election promise made by Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp.

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is set to receive $70,000 for the Fowler Street project, which will delight residents – young and old – following years of neglect by the former state government.

The organisation will work with contractors to deliver the final design concept, guided by community consultation.

Construction is expected to begin in the coming months.

“We’re thrilled to announce the revitalisation of the playground in Hamilton South, made possible by the generous support of Tim and the NSW Government.” CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning executive director Gary Christensen said.

“This project has been in the works for a considerable time.

“So, I’m proud of the collaborative effort that has led us here.

“We deeply appreciate the community’s patience as we finalise the plans.

“For many families, a playground represents far more than just a collection of equipment.

“It is a hub of stimulation and joy for children and a place of respite for parents.

“We’re excited to bring new life to the Hamilton South community and look forward to seeing families create cherished memories at this playground for years to come.”

Mr Crakanthorp was equally-pleased with the outcome.

“The former Liberal National government let the playgrounds at Hamilton South go to rack and ruin,” he said.

“For years, local residents and I have been fighting for this popular amenity.

“It is so rewarding to finally secure this funding to create a space that this community deserves.

“Safe and secure infrastructure like playgrounds is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing, no matter how old they are or where they live.

“I can’t wait to see the happy, excited faces of our young Novocastrians once this playground is completed and open for business.”

The NSW Government has committed $37.2 million towards the Local Small Commitments Allocation program to help local projects and initiatives that strengthen communities and provide improvements at a local level, making NSW an even better place to live.

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