Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter this week announced that Scone has scored an upgrade to the Bill Rose Sports Complex thanks to a $145,000 NSW Government grant.
Mr Johnsen said the project was funded in partnership with Upper Hunter Shire Council and would see an extension of the central playground.
“Our local park will cater for family gatherings, sporting groups and special occasion celebrations,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The upgraded facilities here will include new play equipment, an outdoor gym, seating, shade sails, a junior bike track and BBQ facilities.
“The project is part of a larger, overall masterplan to redevelop the area and encourage people travelling through the Upper Hunter to stop and spend some time in Scone.”
Mr Johnsen said the project was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.
“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Johnsen said.
“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood welcomed the funding.
“The result will be a fantastic, safe space for every member of the family to exercise, socialise and play together.
“The new facilities will benefit not just residents, but also travellers seeking a scenic spot to break their trip,” Cr Bedggood said.
The program was improved in 2017 to give community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.
New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.