Uralla Shire Councillors at Pioneer Park, the crown jewel of the region’s upcoming park upgrades program, receiving their big cheque today to begin the work. Deputy Mayor Isabel Strutt, left, Councillor Natasha Ledger, Mayor Michael Pearce, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Councillors Bob Crouch and Kevin Ward.
Monday, 5 March 2018
SEVEN local community parks across the Uralla Shire will be better equipped, safer, and have more to offer youngsters thanks to a $780,992 NSW Government-funded upgrade program that will reinvigorate green spaces within the shire.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today joined Uralla Shire Councillors to announce the major capital funding, from the first round of the government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund grants.
“Today’s funding is brilliant news for youngsters, parents and businesses across Uralla Shire,” Mr Marshall said.
“This exciting project will install play areas, fitness equipment, barbecues, amenities and shade facilities to seven parks across the shire, dramatically improving these recreation areas for the community and helping attract more visitors to the district.
“Particular attention will be paid to the underutilised Pioneer Park in Uralla’s CBD, which will soon become the premier rest stop for visitors travelling up the New England Highway.
“Pioneer Park will be almost completely rebuilt in a $433,318 overhaul, with a new rope climbing tower, slides, swings and play equipment built into the playground’s hilly landscape.
“This will not only provide healthy and fun outdoor options for the town’s youngsters – but also encourage travellers to stop in Uralla, putting money through the local economy in the process.”
Mr Marshall said the funding was from the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund, a $1.3 billion program that provides funding to make country communities a better place to live, work and invest.
“Council will continue to plan these upgrades in conjunction with the community, to ensure the upgraded facilities meet local expectations,” he said.
“This extensive upgrade program will make the most of Uralla’s excellent strategic position on the New England Highway.”
Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce said the project would improve council’s high standards set by its parks.
“This beautification will enhance the attractiveness of the wonderful parks in our shire, improving the experience for our residents and visitors,” Cr Pearce said.
“Most of our parks just need a little touch-up, polishing off the trophy by making them look a bit more beautiful with a few more facilities.
“We want to show our region as different and unique, and this project will showcase the best of what the Uralla shire has to offer.”