Barooga to see works start on new adventure-style playground
Works on a major tourist attraction in Barooga will start earlier after a funding boost.
A $489 000 cash injection from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will fund works on an adventure style playground through to stage three.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matthew Hannan said once completed, the six-stage development would attract young families to the area.
‘‘This is something which will enhance the experience for visitors and we want Berrigan Shire to be a place that is inviting and attractive as a whole,’’ Mr Hannan said.
‘‘It will be great for the locals too, both in terms of them to be able to utilise the playground but also value-adding to the existing hospitality businesses in the area.’’
Mr Hannan said the playground would be a drawcard for the community and expected further applications for funding to propel the works.
‘‘It’ll be a good day trip for families because it’s something different to do along the river,’’ he said.
‘‘The grand plan is six stages and we look to get those finished as soon as practical.
‘‘At the moment, the earthworks have already started and once those have been completed it shouldn’t be long.’’
Member for Murray Austin Evans said the funding was part of a $1 4 million announcement for Berrigan Shire Council.
‘‘I am proud to announce that through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, fought for by the NSW Nationals, we are able to invest over $1.36 million into these important community sites in the Berrigan local government area,’’ he said.
‘‘I look forward to seeing each one of these projects complete, as they are projects for our community that will be enjoyed by locals and visitors for years to come. ‘‘
Other projects which received funding include Tocumwal Recreation Reserve, Berrigan war memorial pool and Berrigan sports ground.
NSW Regional Minister John Barilaro said more than 400 projects have been funded in regional NSW under the second round of the fund.
‘‘Whether it is rebuilding or refurbishing our sporting clubs and town halls or building new amenities that our communities have been asking for, this investment will benefit families in our regions now and for generations to come,’’ Mr Barilaro said.
The $300 million fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion regional growth fund.
For information, visit nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities