Council welcomes state funding for infrastructure upgrades

Media release - 14 March 2018

Kempsey Shire Council has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of more than $900,000 in funding to improve infrastructure across the shire, through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Council was successful in all four of its funding applications for:

  • Clyde Street, Kempsey - revitalisation of carpark and toilet facilities ($225,000)
  • Horseshoe Bay Masterplan - coastal pedestrian walkway extension ($357,960)
  • Gladstone Memorial Park precinct - new playground and amenities block ($175,000)
  • Crescent Head - CBD toilets ($175,000)

Mayor Liz Campbell thanked Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey for her support of these important community projects.

“This funding provides council with the opportunity to improve facilities across the shire and deliver a really practical benefit to our community and visitors,” Cr Campbell said.

“Council used the results from our 2017 Grant Funding Community Survey and our annual Community Satisfaction Survey, to help identify which infrastructure projects would have the greatest benefit and value to the community.

“That engagement, which identified public toilets, upgrades to sports facilities and upgrades to playgrounds as high priorities was critical in building a strong case for these grant applications.”

Applications for Round Two of Stronger Country Communities Fund will close in early May, with a further $200 million available for local sports and amenity projects across NSW.

“We will certainly be looking to make further high-quality applications in the next round,” Cr Campbell said.

“The community have worked with Council to develop the Macleay Valley Sports Strategy and area-specific Master Plans, which will help make sure that any additional funding supports projects the community have identified.”