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Hunter Region to Receive $2 Million for Infrastructure Upgrades

Walka Water Works, Oakhampton Heights. Source: Maitland City Council

The New South Wales Government has announced plans to allocate $2 million to the Hunter region as part of the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF). This funding will support over 140 community projects across the state, with a significant focus on upgrading and enhancing the popular Fernleigh Track.


One of the key projects to benefit from this funding is the development of a plan for a shared cycle and walking pathway. This new pathway will connect the existing Fernleigh Track to recreational areas in Belmont Wetlands State Park and Nine Mile Beach, with $125,840 allocated for this purpose.


Minister for the Hunter Yasmin Catley emphasised the importance of these investments, stating, "The Hunter is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, bushland and other natural spaces in NSW, and it's absolutely critical that we look after them."


The announcement comes on the heels of the recent opening of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track, which stands as the longest active transport route in the Hunter, spanning 27 kilometres.


Other notable projects receiving funding include:


  • Shepherds Hill Cottage, Newcastle: $465,000 for cottage works, including a new commercial kitchen and café facilities.

  • Walka Water Works, Maitland: $434,824 for repairs and construction of a new timber bridge.

  • Poppet Head Reserve, Cessnock: $302,129 for the restoration of the Kitchener Poppet Head Park boardwalk.

  • Shoal Bay East Foreshore Reserve: $100,000 for a new inclusive public amenity building.


Additionally, several environmental conservation projects will receive funding, including weed control efforts in various locations such as Port Stephens, Anna Bay, and Harrington Beach State Park.


Minister Catley highlighted the broader impact of these investments.


"This money is going towards looking after what we have and means residents and visitors can continue to enjoy everything our wonderful region has to offer - from iconic beaches to heritage buildings dating back to over a hundred years," Ms Catley said.


The $2 million allocation for the Hunter region is part of a larger $14 million investment by the NSW Government to maintain and upgrade Crown land reserves and community facilities across the state. This initiative aims to support the cultural, sporting, and recreational life of NSW communities.


"This Government is committed to investing in existing public spaces so they are well-kept and safe for everyone to enjoy," concluded Ms Catley.


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