In May the NSW Nationals in the federal government announced key community infrastructure would be supported as part of a $1.8 billion boost.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie was pleased to announce the first local projects to be funded in the MidCoast local government area under the $3.4 million Community Infrastructure Initiative.

Tuncurry Water Splash Park

$400,000 towards the construction of the $1.5 million Tuncurry Splash Park.

Council will soon commence consultation with the community about ideas for the space, which could include a large bucket dumper, showering arches, water cannons, random ground sprays across the pad, and showering features, as well as BBQ and Picnic facilities.

“Water parks are extremely popular, and this will be a great asset for both the local community and visitors,” Dr Gillespie said.

Mayor David West said there had been strong community support for a children’s water park for some time.

“This is an opportunity to provide an amazing water park facility to our community. We are looking forward to working with the community to help shape the plans for the space,” Cr West said.

Tea Gardens Pool

$300,000 towards the $700,000 Tea Gardens pool upgrade.

Stage 1 will work specifically to improve disabled access to the pool site and to upgrade the amenities to ensure they are compliant with disabled access requirements; Stage 2 will provide disabled access into the pool.

“This is a very important project for the aged and disabled in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, who currently struggle to enter the pool site through a turnstile,” Dr Gillespie said.

Mayor David West said ensuring all abilities access was a priority for the council especially and he was pleased to see work starting at Tea Gardens pool.

“These are projects that council has long had a vision to deliver for our community and thanks to the Australian Government and the work by David Gillespie we can now make them a reality,” Cr West said.

Supporting COVID recovery

Dr Gillespie said these projects will play an important role in improving local infrastructure, creating local jobs and supporting our regions post-COVID recovery.

“Having only announced the program in late May, we are working decisively with council to deliver exciting projects across our towns and villages,” Dr Gillespie concluded.