Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced $9.9 million in funding to construct 16.3 kilometres of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail between Bentley and Lismore Railway Station.
“When this project is complete, it will become one of the best rail trails in the world,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Rail Trail will eventually span 130km of unused rail track between Casino and Murwillumbah for these visitors to explore the area.
“I secured funding a few years back to start work on the Casino to Bentley section, and with this new funding it will now continue through to the Lismore Railway Station.
“This is fantastic news for locals, tourists and businesses who will all benefit from this major tourist landmark.”
The $9.9 million in fund is being provided by the NSW Nationals in the federal government through Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund.
Mr Hogan has also announced a $3.9 million grant from the NSW Nationals in the federal government to upgrade Woolgoolga Swimming Pool.
The pool is an important community asset, but is now over 35 years old and needs significant work to bring it up to standard.
The upgrade will include a new 25-metre, eight-lane main pool, 10-metre learn-to-swim pool, multi-function building, splash zone for kids, and new amenities.
“This is an exciting day for Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches and will complement the new Wiigulga Sports Complex being built right now,” Mr Hogan said.
“Accessibility will be significantly improved, with an additional pool lane that provides ramp access, steps and pool ladders to suit a range of abilities.
“The kids splash zone will have a slide, jets and tipping buckets, catering for a range of ages and abilities.”
Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight said the announcement is great news for the Coffs Coast community.
“Council has worked tirelessly with Government to pull this together, it will be a fantastic complex our whole community can enjoy,” Cr Knight said.
“There will be a new modern building with an undercover multifunctional space, terrace seating adjacent to the pool, large grassed areas, picnic shelter and BBQ, and lighting to facilitate night time use.”
The NSW Nationals in the federal government are providing $3.9 million through Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund, with the Coffs Harbour City Council matching that amount.