Scot MacDonald
7th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will contribute $84,880 towards the management of The Lock-Up in Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The funding will provide for the repairing and upgrading of three heritage buildings to improve health and safety outcomes for the general public, visitors and commercial tenants.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s 2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund program. 440 projects will benefit from $15 million in the latest round of the Public Reserves Management Fund.

Mr MacDonald said the Public Reserves Management Fund provides financial support to maintain the community’s highly-valued public assets.

“State-owned public reserves play an important role in our communities and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring these reserves continue to provide social and economic benefits to the people of NSW,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This funding will directly benefit our community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of our region.”

Ms Gillean Shaw, Chair of the Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust who administer The Lock-Up welcomed the announcement.

“This funding will assist us in primarily maintaining the historic precinct, and also allow us to make some really fantastic changes to some of the historical material of the building to be able to conserve it” Ms Shaw said.

Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said $94 million has been invested over the last six years in the upgrade of showgrounds, the repair of buildings, bushfire hazard reduction, weed control and building new infrastructure.

“I want to congratulate all of our hardworking Crown reserve trusts on the great job they do managing and maintaining our public assets right across NSW.”

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