Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced $823,000 from the NSW Nationals in Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to improve community infrastructure in the Kempsey Shire.

Kempsey Shire Council secured NSW Nationals in Government funding for three projects; Gladstone Hall and Art Gallery refurbishment, Willawarrin Playground and Picnic Area upgrade, and Smithtown Nestle Park amenities building replacement.

“The Gladstone Hall and Art Gallery will receive $124,678 for significant internal and external repairs,” Ms Pavey said.

“The aged and fire-damaged amenities at Smithtown’s Nestle Park will be upgraded with a $202,150 grant and Willawarrin’s playground and picnic area has been allocated $112,508 for facility improvements.”

The other major project beneficiaries announced are:
• Macleay Option’s Youth Stockcamp initiative ($183,721). The Stockcamp program provides local youth a place to learn farmwork and life skills
• Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre ($100,000). The funding will support young Aboriginal people to obtain and maintain a driver’s licence
• Crescent Head Country Club ($100,000). The grant will help fund a new family-friendly leisure space, including a 15-hole mini golf course.

Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.