Several Crown Reserves in the Gwydir Shire local government area will share in grants totaling $110,000 under the NSW Government’s Public Reserve Management Fund (PRMF), according to Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall announced the funding, which is earmarked for the Bingara Racecourse and Reserve Trust, Gwydir Shire Council and the Croppa Creek Public Recreation Reserve Trust.
The State MP said the money would be used to enhance local Crown Reserves in the Gwydir Shire and to undertake important infrastructure upgrades.
Grants from the PRMF have been offered to:
- $45,000 to Bingara Racecourse and Showground Reserve Trust for the construction and fit out of a 12m x 24m Colorbond shed to be used as a new canteen;
- $45,000 to Gwydir Shire Council for the purchase and installation of five toilets at various public and camping reserves along the Gwydir River; and
- $20,000 to Croppa Creek Public Recreation Reserve Trust for the replacement of an existing mower, used on the golf course, with a new Gear Driven Park Mower.
“I am delighted to see significant funding being channelled into our local reserves to improve them for the benefit of the whole community,” Mr Marshall said. “These grants will also ease some of the time and financial burdens on the many volunteers who maintain the reserves, and Council, which is often asked to help out with various projects.”
Mr Marshall informed Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton of the funding during a recent visit to Warialda for the annual Honey Festival.
Cr Coulton said he was pleased to see the money being spent on reserves within the area. “It is great news and I’m really happy that these projects will be funded as they’re high priorities for the community,” Cr Coulton said.
Mr Marshall said letters of offer had been sent to Council and the two trusts and once they had accepted them, the funds would be made available.