Funding of $420,000 from the NSW Nationals in the federal government will spruce up Forster’s Pelican Boardwalk, Main Beach, and a children’s park on Kularoo Drive.
The Federal Coalition Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (Round 3) will provide funding for the following projects in 2022:
- Pelican Boardwalk – Redecking Stage 2 $100,000
- Main Beach – Retaining Wall extension towards Pilot Hill $250,000
- Majorie Debert Reserve – Play equipment upgrades $70,000
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the MidCoast’s beach destinations had enjoyed a tourism resurgence over the holidays.
“Our local beaches and lakes, cafes, restaurants and parks are, quite literally, the playground for our city cousins and we warmly welcome their business,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Thousands of visitors are expected into Forster-Tuncurry this coming weekend for the NSW Country Surf Lifesaving Championships – up to 1500 competitors and several thousand spectators – and it’s important to continue investing in our local tourism hotspots including our parks, the foreshore area at Main Beach and the beautiful boardwalk along Wallis Lake.
“It’s great to see some big events making a comeback and they will bring substantial tourism dollars into the region. I’m delighted to be announcing these upgrades for the Great Lakes.”
Dr Gillespie said the Pelican Boardwalk upgrades, replacing existing timberwork with fibre-reinforced plastic decking, was expected to commence in March and be completed in May.
He said the latest Federal funding was in addition to recent announcements including $3.159 million in Federal funding for Forster’s Main Beach and foreshore precinct, $1.93 million for upgrades to Fazio Park in Tuncurry, a new Tuncurry sustainability centre and the Tuncurry Rockpool playground, as well as $6 million for the community facilities in Forster’s new Civic Precinct.