Member for Goulburn the Hon. Pru Goward MP has announced that Pat Cullen Reserve, in Crookwell would receive funding support thanks to the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.
The injection of $223,564 will allow for the construction of a new bridge, in-line with disability access requirements, to cross the creek in place of the dilapidated bridge that collapsed over the past weekend.
The project will also see the current gravel walkway - from the boardwalk on Spring Street to Laggan Road - excavated, widened and concreted.
Solar lighting will also be installed to allow for extended use in darker, winter months.
The funding will leverage the significant work that has been undertaken by the Kiamma Creek Landcare Group, who are restoring the reserve and installed the disabled toilet some time ago and a disabled ramp in 2017.
Ms Goward said the NSW Government’s significant investment in the Crookwell Reserve would provide benefits for Crookwell’s residents and visitors alike.
“The Stronger Country Communities fund is a once-in-a-generation investment and I’m excited for the people of the Goulburn Electorate to start seeing these projects pop up all over the place,” Ms Goward said.
Mr Malcolm Barlow and Mr Barry Murphy from the Kiamma Creek Landcare Group trust that the addition of a concrete walkway will enhance this beautiful waterside reserve.
“There is a need in regional centres to improve the provision of recreational pathways for the community so that young and old alike can be active and keep fit,” Mr Barlow said.
There are five projects to be funded under Stronger Country Communities fund within the Upper Lachlan Shire including the AP&H Society’s Crookwell Showground upgrade.
The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.
Applications for Round Two of funding will open in March 2018 and further details can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.