The State Government’s Drought Support Program connects Warialda and Bingara’s CBDs to popular public parks with Gwydir Shire Council Project Manager Carl Tooley, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton.
Monday, 14 September 2020.
A $280,000 Drought Recovery Grant from the State Government will support Gwydir Shire Council to beautify parts of Warialda and Bingara, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing the funding to lay new footpaths in both towns and improve public parks.
Mr Marshall said the project would increase pedestrian access to a number of new and exciting community spaces.
“The Gwydir Shire is currently going through a period of renewal, with positive seasonal conditions seeing crops return to the paddocks and a number of considerable infrastructure projects making the area a more attractive place to live and visit,” Mr Marshall said.
“To ensure as many people as possible are able to get out and enjoy what’s going on in their communities council will install a footpath from Warialda’s Richard Bligh Bridge on Stephen Street to the recently completed All Abilities Park on Long Street.
“At Bingara, an additional footpath will be put in between Campbell Bridge and the Bingara Multi-Purpose Service, connecting pedestrians to the riverfront and making for a smooth walk to the town’s CBD.”
Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton said Bingara’s Cunningham Park would also receive some new additions.
“With a new pontoon floating nearby on the Gwydir River and state-of-the-art public swimming pool going in next door, we could hardly let Cunningham Park go without a few improvements,” Cr Coulton said.
“Using this grant Council will build a new amenities block with disabled toilets and install an undercover barbecue area.
“These improvements will really enhance Cunningham Park, which is an important link in the Big River Dreaming tourism project, allowing families to fire up the BBQ and have lunch when they are finished taking a dip or going for a fish.
“Council is very grateful for this drought support funding from the State Government, which will allow us to undertake projects that will create work for locals and benefit the long term health and wellbeing of our residents.”