Scot MacDonald
12th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced MidCoast Council has received $155,000 in funding to upgrade Providence Bay Park in Tea Gardens as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.

“Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment in local infrastructure to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region – this funding will help us do exactly that,” Mr MacDonald said.

The funding, along with a $150,000 contribution from MidCoast Council, will provide improved recreational facilities in the Hawks Nest & Tea Gardens area, with a refurbishment of amenities and new playground equipment installed in Providence Bay Park.

“This is a terrific win for the local community, in an area that caters for both young families and tourists”, MidCoast Council’s Mayor, David West said.

“Our region is all about enjoying a social, active lifestyle and improvements to our outdoor facilities are another way to promote a strong sense of community”.

Councillor Troy Fowler was pleased to see collaboration between the State Government and Council delivering upgrades for the community across the MidCoast LGA.

“I’d like to acknowledge the proactive work by Council staff to engage with these grant programs. Council staff are always on the front foot for opportunities to better our community,“ Cr Fowler said.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Stronger Country Communities Fund targets smaller-sized projects that have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of country people.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the people of regional NSW, by investing in the facilities, parks, halls and playgrounds they need, want and deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.

The second round of Stronger Country Communities opened today and will close 5pm on Friday 4th May. Councils must submit all applications by the closing time and date. For more information visit