Scot MacDonald
13th Sep 2018

Newcastle Velodrome and Lambton Mechanic’s Institute will be upgraded through grants from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government was pleased to support these community assets with $28,685 in funding to the Velodrome and $3000 to the Mechanic’s Institute.

“Works at the Newcastle Velodrome will include replacing the roofing and guttering at the grandstand.”

“The switchboard and power supply will be upgraded, and improvements made to the storage facility and toilet block.”

Neil Robinson of the Velodrome Trust said they were extremely happy to receive the support in this round of funding from the State government.

“We can put the funding to good use as we outlined in our submission we put forward. The facility is used on a daily basis by the local cycling community and we will be able to ensure the users have a safe and enjoyable experience,” Mr Robinson said.

At the Lambton Mechanics Institute the onsite kitchenette will be upgraded, with the Institute also contributing funding.

“The Lambton Mechanics Institute is one of Lambton’s oldest buildings, built in 1894 and is used by the Newcastle Family History Society and the Hunter MG Car Club,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I visited the Institute earlier in the year and through my tour appreciated the importance of this building to these local community groups.”

Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program was focused on ensuring communities and visitors could continue to enjoy local land and facilities.

“This year we’ve made a record investment into Crown land with more than $20 million in grants and loans being provided across the state,” Mr Toole said.

To date, the NSW Government has invested $115 million across seven years into Crown land projects.

CRIF supports Crown reserve managers by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure and environmental initiatives. For more information visit