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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell has announced the NSW Government will deliver more than $190,000 funding to improve Crown land reserves and community facilities across the Upper Hunter Electorate.

Mr Layzell said the funding is being provided by the NSW Government under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program and will be a great asset to the community.

“Crown reserves provide land for recreation, community organisations and facilities, and protect our environment including habitat for native plants and animals,” Mr Layzell said.

“I know how important these assets are to my electorate which is why I have secured $193,311 for five locations:

  • $76,703 towards control of weeds in urban sections of the Hunter River, Singleton including the Dunolly Bridge Reserve;

  • $75,330 to construct of an office building at Merriwa Recreation and Showground;

  • $29,413 for weed control at Dungog Common Recreation Reserve;

  • $8,800 will upgrade the entrance to Ferntree Gully Reserve, south of Bylong which includes the cost of road base, grading, rolling and drainage; and,

  • $3,065 to Main Camp Recreation Ground, Upper Rouchel for the installation of lighting under the awning near the canteen.

“Maintaining and enhancing our Crown reserves means residents have access to quality spaces for sports and fitness, or to just relax, rejuvenate and get in touch with nature and each other.”

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said Crown reserves play an important role in business, tourism, recreation, well-being and the biodiversity of the state which is why the NSW Government is delivering this funding.

“Crown land covers around 34 million hectares or 42 per cent of NSW and we have about 35,000 Crown reserves that accommodate parks, community halls, nature areas, showgrounds, sporting facilities, camping areas and walking tracks,” Mr Anderson said.

“They also provide support to community groups like Men’s Sheds, Police Citizens Youth Clubs, Surf Life Saving clubs Scouts and Girl Guides. These groups all do amazing work which is why it is so important the NSW Government continues to support them.

“These projects funded by the NSW Government will benefit many thousands of people and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of hundreds of communities with the potential to provide stimulus to local economies and create jobs.”


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