Grand adventure

Ba­rooga to see works start on new adventure-style playground

The Cobram Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Lach­lan Durling Con­tin­ued page 4

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, visit­coun­trycommu­ni­ties

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