Scot MacDonald
22nd Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Maitland City Council will receive $1.5 million for two projects as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund.

$559,077 has been allocated to improvements at Bakers Brickyard Playground on Morpeth Road in Raworth, including a 27 bay sealed carpark, amenities block and a shade structure over existing playground equipment. Bakers Brickyard is a popular local playground for the Raworth community who requested the addition of shading and parking for them to enjoy greater use.

$950,000 has been allocated for the completion of Cessnock Road Cycleway/Shared Pathway from Maitland to Gillieston Heights via Stage 3 (30 metre span cycleway bridge over Fishery Creek) and Stage 4 (construction of a 500 metre long, 3 metre wide shared pathway from Fishery Creek to New England Highway).

“The strong financial positon of the NSW Government has enabled it to support Maitland City Council upgrade and build these community facilities,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I will be working with Council on the next round of funding opportunities”.

Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker said both these grants were wonderful news for the community.

“I know people who live in Gillieston Heights will be absolutely thrilled with the cycleway and it will mean cyclists can travel safely all the way into Central Maitland and back again,” Ms Baker said.

‘We know the Bakers Brickyard playground is very popular, so the addition of shade, toilets and car parking will make it a fabulous place for families to enjoy.”

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