$120 mil­lion for more open spa­ces and play­grounds

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin has wel­comed a NSW Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment to in­crease open spa­ces and in­clu­sive play­grounds, fol­low­ing a $120 mil­lion fund­ing in­jec­tion to make com­mu­ni­ties across the state more live­able.

“Af­ter my re­cent an­nounce­ment of $11m to cre­ate new tourism precincts - “Mur­ray River Re­gional Ex­pe­ri­ences” - this new fund­ing pro­vides our lo­cal Coun­cils with fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance our open spa­ces,” said Mr Aplin.

Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian has an­nounced the NSW Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $100 mil­lion to se­cure strate­gic open green space while also set­ting aside an ex­tra $20 mil­lion to build new and up­graded in­clu­sive play­grounds.

“Hav­ing ac­cess to green open space is a cru­cial in­gre­di­ent in mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties thriv­ing and en­joy­able places to live,” Ms Bere­jik­lian said.

“We are com­mit­ted to not only cre­at­ing the jobs and in­fra­struc­ture our com­mu­ni­ties need, but also the vi­tal open and green spa­ces so that fam­i­lies can have the best qual­ity of life.

“Our strong eco­nomic man­age­ment means the NSW Lib­er­als & Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment can in­vest in bet­ter lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by cre­at­ing more open space. We’ve heard the com­mu­ni­ties’ call to im­prove live­abil­ity and we are act­ing.”

The $100 mil­lion com­mit­ment will al­low the Gov­ern­ment to iden­tify and pur­chase land for pub­lic open space. An ex­tra $20 mil­lion will go to­wards build­ing new in­clu­sive play­grounds in com­mu­ni­ties that cur­rently do not have them, while also fund­ing up­grades to play­grounds to en­sure they have the most en­gag­ing and in­clu­sive equip­ment.

“Through strate­gic plan­ning and the pur­chas­ing of land we will be able to de­liver qual­ity parks and play­grounds for kids to play or open space to walk the fam­ily dog,” Mr Aplin said.

“This is a Gov­ern­ment that cares about its com­mu­nity and that’s why we want to en­sure open space, parks, out­door recre­ation ar­eas and play spa­ces are able to be en­joyed by ev­ery­body equally.”

The $20 mil­lion Ev­ery­one Can Play in NSW pro­gram will fund Coun­cils by way of grants to re­new, ren­o­vate or build new play­grounds.

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