The Upper Hunter will benefit to the tune of more than $1.3 million in funding for a range of local improvement projects for Crown land reserves and community facilities in the region.
The money is being provided by the NSW Government under its Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF).
And, undertakings in areas such as Gresford, Paterson, Merriwa, Wallabadah, Gloucester, Moonan Flat, Ferntree Gully, Gundy, Singleton, Moonan Brook and Dungog should appeal to locals and visitors alike.
“It’s fantastic to report $1,387,924 million has been secured for regional projects this year under the CRIF program to maintain and upgrade local reserves as well as facilities located on them,” Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said.
“This funding will see infrastructure upgrades to our community halls, showgrounds, reserves and racecourses, as well as maintenance of reserves through noxious weed and pest control.”
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government provided $51.7 million from the CRIF in 2021 to support 705 maintenance and upgrade projects across the state.
“This year’s fund has received a $40 million boost to support communities that have been impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, to fund infrastructure improvements and support jobs for local trades and materials suppliers,” she explained.
Local projects being funded include:
- $354,337 to construct an amenities block on Gresford Park including showers and disabled facilities to support development of a new camping area as part of efforts to boost tourism in the area;
- $211,894 to construct a new car park with a minimum of 24 car parking spaces that provides a well-lit, secure and safe entry and exit at Paterson pre-school;
- $192,097 to construct accessible bathroom facilities including eight toilets and eight showers and upgrade the water supply and septic system to service the Merriwa Racecourse and Recreational Reserve;
- $163,594 to construct a new male toilet block and restore the female toilet block at the Wallabadah Racecourse;
- $98,111 to upgrade infrastructure and improve accessibility, safety and stock handling at Gloucester Showground;
- $83,000 to construct a storage shed and purchase a tractor for the Moonan Flat Recreation Reserve;
- $50,772 to repair stairs, construct a new bridge and install safety railings and signage at Ferntree Gully Reserve;
- $49,860 to install a ceiling, boost power supplies and conduct general repairs to the Old Tea House on the Gundy Recreation Ground;
- $33,040 to repair and upgrade the Maison Dieu Mountain Bike Track at Singleton, repair erosion and create a new and improved accessible front entrance;
- $29,605 to install a new club house and extend the community common at Moonan Brook Recreation Reserve;
- $29,264 to control weeds on the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve;
- $25,754 to upgrade lighting and flooring at the Moonan Flat Soldiers Memorial Hall;
- $22,100 to control wild dogs in Parish Reserve in the Murray Central Tablelands Local Land Services area;
- $18,282 to control weeds on vacant Crown Reserves within the Tamworth Crown lands area;
- $13,583 to control weeds on vacant Tamworth Crown Reserves; and
- $12,631 to control significant weeds on Crown land in the Upper Hunter Weeds Authority Area.