NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey with Cr Sharon Griffiths, Wauchope Chamber of Commerce’s Gary Rainbow, and Port Macquarie Hasting Council Mayor Peta Pinson at the site of the Riverside Sculptural Trail project.

NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced funding for two major projects in Wauchope under the second round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Andrew’s Park will get a $200,543 Lighting Upgrade, while Wauchope Bicentenary Riverside Sculptural Trail will get $196,140.

“On behalf of the Hastings community, I congratulate Port Macquarie Hastings Council for putting these projects forward,” Mrs Pavey said. “It is very pleasing to see that work come to fruition and it will be exciting to see these works get underway. Equally, I’m sure the community will also very much appreciate the lasting benefits of these projects as they are completed.”

Andrews Park is a central, high-profile sporting space in Wauchope with high usage from a wide range of sports, school groups, individuals and community organisations throughout the year. The upgrade project will deliver four new poles, LED 50 lux fixtures and power supply upgrades to achieve field lighting for the park.

The sculptural trail will see a kilometre-long interpretive walking trail encompassing the natural, Aboriginal, European and community history of Wauchope. Tt will run along the popular Foreshore Walk fronting the Hastings River from Hastings Street to Rocks Ferry Reserve and include:

  • Six stops along the 1km walk that would have either a creative or interpretive element commemorating the 200 year Bicentenary, which commenced with John Oxley’s first exploration of the region in 1818;
  • Creative interpretation, sculptures or creative/sculptural seating with the pieces and signage designed by commissioned artists; and
  • A Bicentenary event to unveil the Sculptural Trail.