Coomba Park residents say they’re ecstatic the NSW Nationals in the federal government are delivering funds to rebuild the community’s tidal pool and create a boardwalk.
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie joined community members at Coomba Park to toast the $200,000 announcement.
Dr Gillespie said there had been community concern the 35-year-old structures on Wallis Lake near Forster wouldn’t last the distance.
“I’ve been listening to residents on this issue, as has MidCoast Council, and it’s great to be announcing this funding which will bring so much enjoyment to the community,” Dr Gillespie said.
“I’m commending the dedication of local volunteers who have been maintaining the pool. This is a community that works together and it’s a pleasure to be offering support.”
Tidal Pool Committee chairman John Coles said Coomba Park residents were responsible for fundraising and building the tidal pool themselves 35 years ago and had undertaken to complete the new boardwalk, once the project was underway.
“This is the go-to place for kids, especially in the warmer weather,” Mr Coles said.
“The grant from David is like a present from heaven and the Coomba Park community will be forever grateful,” Mr Coles said.
MidCoast Council is planning to start work on the tidal pool in the new year.