NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said residents and visitors will enjoy new boating, family and event options this summer after the new Stuarts Point foreshore was officially opened.
Jointly funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government and Kempsey Shire Council, Ms Pavey said the $3.6 million project improves access to the foreshore, provides new amenities and recreational opportunities, including better fishing facilities, new pathways and picnic areas, and a new designated event space.
“This is an exciting project that enhances outdoor spaces for the local community and boosts opportunities to attract tourists to this beautiful location,” Ms Pavey said.
“I’m delighted the NSW Nationals in the state government have made this project a reality with more than $1.6 million in Restart NSW funding as part of the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.
“Kempsey Shire Council is to be congratulated for prioritising the project as part of their vision for the Stuarts Point foreshore.”
Following extensive consultation with the community, Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell said council started the construction in September 2019 to deliver extensive upgrades throughout the reserve area including:
- Expanded riverfront picnic and barbeque area
- New children’s playground within the picnic area
- New foreshore pathways
- An outdoor stage for concerts and events
- A new timber wharf/boardwalk along the riverbank at the head of the carpark
- New public toilet facilities
- A new 2-lane boat ramp to improve river access for fishing and other boating activities
- Car and trailer parking at the boat ramp
- A relocated fish cleaning table
- Additional public car parking along a new access road
- A new carpark at the footbridge with vehicle turnaround accessible parking
- New entrance, office and manager’s residence for the Holiday Park including entry check-in bay and two-way entry/exit road
- A new amenity building for the northern part of the park
“Council have crafted an entirely new precinct for Stuarts Point, fitted out with a range of new recreational facilities, a spectacular new design and improved access for pedestrians and vehicles,” Ms Campbell said.
“The centrepiece of the new reserve is an outdoor stage, where the opening took place, which enables the community to host events, festivals and concerts.
“Stuarts Point now has the drawcard of these great facilities by the water to match the sublime natural beauty of the area.”