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Seven Maitland grassroots projects secure $2 million boost


Maitland City Council was one of the big winners from the latest round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The windfall, totalling more than $2 million, will allow the organisation to support seven important grassroots community and recreation projects across the LGA.

Maitland Park received a combined $725,000 to install new outer field lighting at the playing fields, as well as the venue’s shared pathway and facilities.

Norm Chapman Oval at Rutherford.

Rutherford’s Norm Chapman Oval garnered $384,555 for a shared pathway to improve connectivity to existing pathways in the area and the installation of exercise stations around the site.

Other ventures to benefit from the funding include a new playspace at Metford Oval ($250,000); a universal toilet and car parking at Thornton’s Wirraway Park ($219,122); and tennis court surface replacements in Rutherford and East Maitland ($439,934).

Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold thanked the NSW Government for recognising opportunities in the LGA.

“This is fantastic news and allows us to upgrade our facilities,” he said.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the NSW Government for helping us to keep Maitland moving.

“Many of these projects are happening, thanks to the advocacy of community members who are regular users of these facilities and saw opportunities where upgrades could make a big difference.”

It takes the total amount of funding Maitland City Council has received across the five rounds of the Stronger Country Communities Fund to almost $7 million, all of which has contributed to improving the wellbeing of those in the community.

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