Port Stephens Duty MLC Catherine Cusack announces Stronger Country Communities Funds for Apex Park and Robinson Reserve

Apex Park on the Nelson Bay waterfront and Robinson Reserve at Anna Bay will undergo a makeover under a $1 million commitment from the state government.

Port Stephens Duty MLC Catherine Cusack announced on Friday that Port Stephens Council had been successful in its applications to the $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Apex Park receives $300,000 to improve its pathways and connections to the Nelson Bay town centre, to enhance both public recreation and patronage of the commercial precincts, under the Apex Park Master Plan.

Friday's announcement: Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer with (from left) Duty MLC Catherine Cusack and councillor Glenn Dunkley, Sarah Smith, John Nell and Jaimie Abbott. Picture: Sam Norris

Friday's announcement: Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer with (from left) Duty MLC Catherine Cusack and councillor Glenn Dunkley, Sarah Smith, John Nell and Jaimie Abbott. Picture: Sam Norris

The $700,000 balance from Friday’s announcement will be poured into a new recreational precinct at Robinson Reserve at Anna Bay.

This will include a new “district scale” playground, skate park, Aboriginal Place interpretative signage, BBQ facilities, accessible amenities block and native landscaping, as the council had planed in the Birubi Point Master Plan.

“This is fantastic news for Port Stephens,” Ms Cusack said.

“Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment aimed at improving the lives of residents and enhancing the attractiveness of our region.

“The Berejiklian Government’s significant investment in Port Stephens will provide residents with improved facilities the whole region can enjoy.”

SUCCESSFUL: Apex Park will receive $300,000 for pathway improvements. Picture: Anna Wolf

SUCCESSFUL: Apex Park will receive $300,000 for pathway improvements. Picture: Anna Wolf

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PLEASED: Mayor Ryan Palmer.

PLEASED: Mayor Ryan Palmer.

The mayor of Port Stephens Ryan Palmer welcomed the announcement.

“This is a huge investment by the NSW Government in Anna Bay and Nelson Bay - this funding will enable Council to build the infrastructure that these communities truly deserve,” he said.

“These projects have been high on the communities’ wish list for some time, and it’s fantastic that we’ll now be able to deliver improved outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the government is committed to supporting regional communities and their crucial infrastructure.

“The Stronger Country Communities fund is a once-in-a-generation investment and it will provide regional towns with the infrastructure they deserve,” Mr Barilaro said.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to improve economic growth and productivity with investment in regional communities.

Applications for Round Two of SCCF is now open and further details can be found here: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities

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