Scot MacDonald
10th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $1.7 million in funding to Cessnock City Council for five community projects through round two of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Cessnock City Council secured NSW Government funding for;

  • Community Hall Restroom Upgrades                                              $126,700
  • Pavement & Street Tree upgrade at Maitland Street, Branxton      $120,643
  • Bridges Hill Park Regional Themed Playground                             $936,315
  • Branxton Public Square                                                                   $279,973
  • Cessnock Swimming Pool Splash Pad                                            $242,355

“I am pleased to see two projects going to Branxton that will upgrade the amenity and streetscape of the town, including the creation of a public square” Mr MacDonald said.

“Bridges Hill Playground will receive a new indigenous themed adventure playground to replace the existing 22 year old equipment, incorporating active and passive recreational features for all ages.”

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the announcement that Cessnock City Council has been successful under the Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for a number of important infrastructure projects.

“It’s wonderful news for our local community. The Bridges Hill Regional Themed Playground has attracted the largest dollar amount with $936,315 to be injected into the project. This will be a fantastic long term asset for our community benefiting all local residents. The playground includes fitness equipment, a multi- purpose hard court, a children’s bicycle circuit and adventure playground.”

“The Branxton community are also big winners out of the grant with significant funding for a public square at the intersection of Cessnock Road and Maitland Street and funding for footpath upgrades and street planting.”

“These grants have provided a huge injection into our community infrastructure and Council looks forward to getting to work on these projects.”

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 Cessnock City 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.

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