Scot MacDonald
12th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited the Hunter Wetlands Centre to announce a $146,820 Infrastructure Grant to the Hunter Wetlands Centre to allow for the redevelopment of the Visitor Centre.

The grant from the NSW Liberal National Government will allow for the installation of modern fittings and technology, which will enhance how the Centre introduces visitors to the ever-changing world of the wetlands.

“Feedback from the local indigenous community has been incorporated in the design plan,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The redeveloped main gallery will improve visitors’ experience and their understanding of the role wetlands play in our environment.”

“The Hunter Wetlands Centre is important to the Newcastle community for ecological conservation and the educational value it provides and I’m pleased the NSW Government is able to support the Centre.”

Hunter Wetlands Centre Chairman David Crofts said the grant to revitalise the Visitor Centre's display area will greatly assist the Wetlands Centre in its renewal program.

“The Centre is committed to ensuring all the community can experience and understand our wonderful wetlands, and the grant will greatly assist us to improve our interpretative facilities,” Mr Crofts said.

“We will engage the creative energies of local artists and interactive technology experts to provide ever changing information about the Wetlands in new and exciting ways.”

“The renewed visitor display area will vastly improve our appeal to a wider audience, particular younger age groups.”

“The Wetlands Centre is very grateful for the support of the NSW Government."

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is one of 22 across NSW, funded through the latest round of the Clubgrants category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.  

“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.