Member for Albury, Greg Aplin today announced over $1.9M in funding to breathe new life into community and local sporting facilities across Albury through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Albury City Council has secured NSW Government funding for eight projects, which include upgrades to off road walking and cycling tracks, upgrades to sportsground lighting, change rooms and public toilet facilities and to build brand new facilities including outdoor basketball courts, fitness zones and outdoor gym sports facilities.
“Whichever way you look at it, this is another outstanding funding commitment to local infrastructure for our local community by the NSW Government.”
“Although many of these projects are normally managed by Council, I am pleased the NSW Government has provided the funding support to ensure they will be a reality for our community – and there is more to come,” Mr Aplin said.
This means a total of $1.9M for projects across eight community and local sporting facilities including:
- $100,000 for the upgrade of four off-road walking and cycling tracks to include the installation of rest stops, shaded zones, seating, drinking fountains and hard surface areas for the – Thurgoona Albury Trail, Bungambrawartha Trail and Riverina Highway Trail;
- $252,152 for the construction of fenced outdoor basketball courts at the rear of the PCYC building on Andrews Street;
- $150,789 to upgrade lighting at Jelbart Park – this is in addition to the recent announcement of $150,000 for the installation of new field lighting at Jelbart Park West;
- $349,750 for the construction of sports facilities at Walters Park in South Albury including an Active Zone with outdoor basketball court, two beach volleyball courts, exercise equipment, seating and improvements to the car park.
- $419,758 towards the upgrade of change-rooms and public toilets at Thurgoona Oval involving the construction of a 518 square metre building that will house netball change-rooms, two AFL change-rooms, toilets, storage space and spectator area;
- $181,320 for the development of an outdoor gym along the Thurgoona-Albury trail in East Albury that will include up to 10 pieces of exercise equipment, rubber surfacing, shade sails, a drinking fountain and water bottle filling station, bike rake and seating area;
- $228,840 for the construction of an outdoor fitness zone at Ernest Grant Park in Thurgoona, to include installation of up to 10 pieces of exercise equipment, rubber surface, shade sails, drinking fountain and water bottle filling station, bike rack, seating and 200 metres of linking pathways; and
- $287,063 towards construction of 50 new covered stables and road upgrades at the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre including improvements to internal roads and extending the mains power supply to provide electricity to up to 20 campsites.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.
“I congratulate the Council and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses,” he said.
For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.