A community planting day has taken place as part of the Smiths Lake Recreation Area upgrade on the Barrington Coast.
The project is being supported with $68,293 in Federal funding which was made available under Round 2 of the former Coalition Government’s Local Roads & Community Infrastructure program.
Federal Nationals’ MP for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie said the upgrade will involve the installation of a gravel footpath, a feature tree and understory planting, building of mounded landforms, and installation of bollards.
“I was pleased to meet with Council and community representatives involved in the project. The local community has done magnificent job in developing a vision for the area and funded a masterplan for the beautification works,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The plan also aims to promote recreational opportunities for the community and visitors and the draws inspiration from Smiths Lake sandbar, channels and sand flats.”
The Recreation area will be open for use during these initial works. This stage of the project is expected to be complete by February 28.
Council’s Manager Strategy and Projects Amanda Hatton said the Smiths Lake community has really got behind the project and Council valued their input.
“The upgrade to the Recreation Reserve will be a welcome addition to the popular skate park and netball courts currently on this site.”
The Federal funding commitment from the Australian Government aims to stimulate additional infrastructure construction in local communities across Australia.