Tenterfield Shire Council has scored more than $2 million for projects across the shire from the latest round of the state government’s Strong Country Communities Fund.
MP Thomas George was at Tenterfield Memorial Hall to make the announcement on Thursday morning, November 8 after visiting Centenary of Armistice displays in the hall and in Bruxner Park.
The hall receives the bulk of the funding, just under a million dollars, for a major revamp to transform it into a convention centre while maintaining its use as a sporting facility.
Another $200,000 will continue the rollout of the Tenterfield Mainstreet Masterplan, extending it from High Street down to Molesworth Street. Works will include paving, planter boxes, street trees, public art and further development of the Soundtrails heritage walk.
Just over $128,000 will be dedicated to upgrades at Shirley Park, including a new amenity block with kitchen and canteen, and refurbishment of the change rooms. Rugby League Park gets a new fence.
Tenterfield Traditional Archers, where Mr George enjoyed his first shot after officially opening the national archery muster last month, gets $54,000 to erect a roofed spectator area with seating and barbecue, complete with a walkway to a deck viewing area with shade sails.
Upgrades of $281,599 to facilities at three community halls – Urbenville, Liston and Legume – were announced last week. Just over $100,000 more will be spent on playground enhancements in Urbenville and Drake.
Outlying villages will also benefit from a $592,901 injection into the Tenterfield Shire Vibrant and Connected project, with community infrastructure upgrades aimed at sustaining social bonds and encouraging visitors to stop and enjoy all that each community has to offer.
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Mr George congratulated the council for the grant application it put forward, as well as the various committees who work tirelessly to make their communities great places to live.
“While it is a priority of the Nationals to encourage more people to relocate, work and live in regional areas, we also want to make sure those who already live in the bush have access to the best facilities available,” he said.
Mayor Peter Petty said this money will revitalise the shire, funding projects that would otherwise have not progressed.
“The council was very strong and very firm about this money spreading right across this shire,” he said.
“We will see that as this money is being spent, and I look forward to it.”