Mayor Steve Toms, left, Cr Col Price, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and General Manager Hein Basson farewell Melling Park’s ageing equipment with one last ride yesterday.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
HEALTH conscious Glen Innes locals will soon have easier access to outdoor activities, with a $516,052 ‘Wellness Trail’ to be constructed to expand the use of open spaces in the community.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall yesterday announced the NSW Government funding with Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Steve Toms at Melling Park, in the west of Glen Innes.
“Glen Innes has its fair share of beautiful parks and playgrounds, but with better pedestrian access to connect east to west across the rail corridor and more equipment, they could be much better utilised,” Mr Marshall said.
“This half-a-million-dollar project will vastly improve the currently barren Melling Park, connecting it to King Edward Park and the CBD to ensure it’s available for the whole community, whether your walking, riding a bike or pushing a pram.
“We want to encourage locals to make the most of Glen Innes’ excellent green space, keeping fit and entertained with the car still in the driveway at home.”
Mr Marshall said the funding would provide park equipment for young and old.
“More than $175,000 of the funding will go towards new playground and exercise equipment, barbecue areas and shade for Melling Park, attracting families and joggers to the Bourke Street location,” Mr Marshall said.
“$25,000 of new lighting and security cameras will also ensure that visitors will be kept safe, while reducing the likelihood of vandals targeting newly purchased equipment.
“Council will build an additional kilometre of shared pathways to connect the facility with the CBD, helping the new and improved Melling Park will attract visitors from across town.
“Melling Park has had some playground equipment removed due to non-compliance, and the rest is well past its use-by date, so this upgrade will ensure it can be a beloved community asset once more.”
The Wellness Trail is the first project in the Northern Tablelands to be funded under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, designed to build infrastructure that will improve quality of life for people living in regional areas.
Mr Marshall said that communities across the region could look forward to seeing major projects in their local area.
“This fund, part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, will work to provide major community infrastructure to make our towns more pleasant and enjoyable places to live,” Mr Marshall said.
“More major projects are on the cards across the Northern Tablelands and Glen Innes Severn’s first project is an excellent example of what we can expect.”
Mayor Steve Toms said locals had been starting leave the car at home, but limited facilities were holding back the healthy option.
“This project links the western side of Glen Innes back to the east, which is where most of the shops are, encouraging them to walk or cycle,” Cr Toms said.
“It also provides some recreational facilities on the western side of the railroad track, which is a very positive outcome.
“The Stronger Country Communities Fund allows council to undertake these projects that it otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, which will have broad benefit to the whole community.”