Sporting and recreation facilities across Port Stephens will receive a welcome $1.6 million boost from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Announced recently by Catherine Cusack MLC, the grants will fund a number of key projects across the Port Stephens local government area including new playgrounds, new playing surfaces and new shared paths.
$650,000 will go towards stage two of the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place works, which have been designed in consultation with the community. The works include the construction of a viewing platform and interpretive signage, as well as a new playground, skate park, public amenities and more.
“Birubi Point is an incredibly special place with strong cultural significance for our local Worimi people, the traditional inhabitants of this land.
“This is a significant investment that will give our town of Anna Bay a great lift, while demonstrating that contemporary developments that are well planned and designed in consultation with Aboriginal people can and do happen in Aboriginal Places,” Deputy Mayor Sarah Smith said.
A further $978,000 will go towards sporting and recreation facilities across the Port Stephens local government area, including:
- $200,000 to upgrade the Tilligerry Tennis Clubhouse, including a total internal and external repaint, roof replacement, addition of a sheltered seating area, construction of accessible amenities, and internal renovations.
- $200,000 to construct two new croquet lawn courts at Tomaree Regional Sports Complex in Nelson Bay. A new access road will also be built, and drainage and irrigation works will be carried out.
- $100,000 for a major upgrade to spectator seating at Bowthorne Oval in Wallalong to accommodate the Seaham Bowthorne Football Club and Bowthorne Cricket Club.
- $80,000 to revitalise the recreation area and provide access for all at Bagnalls Beach Reserve in Corlette, including a new playground with soft fall flooring and pathways, as well as new picnic tables and a water bubbler.
- $200,000 for King Park Regional Sports Complex in Raymond Terrace to construct three all-access amenities, as well as a ramp and pathways.
- $198,000 for a major overhaul of playing surfaces at Yulong Oval in Medowie (however, this is dependent on securing additional funding).
“Being able to get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful surroundings is a big part of why people love living in Port Stephens. These grants will mean that more people can get active, participate in sport or play outdoors, which is a great result for our community,” Deputy Mayor Smith said.
“I want to largely congratulate the Port Stephens community, who this funding will impact the most. Sport is a core physical and social activity that improves the health and wellbeing of very local community across New South Wales,” Ms Cusack said.