Member for Northern Tablelands and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall, left and Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty announcing the drought stimulus funding.
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
A PROGRAM to beautify villages and buildings across the Tenterfield Shire has received a $460,000 cash injection from the State Government, with Northern Tablelands MP and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall today announcing the grant through the NSW Drought Stimulus Fund.
Mr Marshall said Urbenville, Drake and Boliva would all undergo works to improve pedestrian access and revitalise some of their historic buildings.
“On every road leading to Tenterfield there is a village with its own unique personality and history,” Mr Marshall said.
“Tenterfield Shire Council has put together a program of improvements to ensure locals and visitors are able to soak up what each community has to offer.
“At Urbenville, $340,000 will be spent laying new footpath paving on the western side of Urban Street, improving pedestrian safety and access to main street businesses like the Crown Hotel and Urbenville Newsagency.
“The Pioneer Cottage will also be restored inside and out, with new guttering, downpipes and veranda timbers.
“$20,000 will be spent at Drake, connecting Drake Hall to Woodward Park with a 1.25 metre wide footpath.
“Finally, at Bolivia $100,000 will go towards a staged upgrade of the 106 year old hall, starting with the addition of disability amenities and access ramp.
“Council will then paint the building internally helping to make it a more inviting place for community functions and events.”
Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty said the projects would provide a much need morale boost to these small communities which have battled through drought, bushfire and COVID-19.
“The completion of these works will provide the Tenterfield Shire with facilities that will enhance the ambience of the Shire with safe, updated buildings and spaces,” Cr Petty said.
“The Bolivia and Drake Halls are used regularly by the residents or community groups for private and public events and these improvements will update the space and make the halls more user-friendly.
“Many local businesses and trades people have done it real tough for the past two years and I’m just so pleased these projects have been approved to be able to give them a little extra work and income.
“I want to thank the State Government for its assistance of our Shire during what was a very difficult time.”