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Friday, 9 March 2018

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today announced over $1 million in funding for two major projects in Queanbeyan thanks to NSW Government funding.

Mr Barilaro joined members from the Monaro Panthers and Queanbeyan City Football Club as well as Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s Deputy Mayor Trevor Hicks to make the announcement.

“As our city grows, so does our need for amenities. I am very excited to announce this significant funding for a brand new, state of the art building for our local High Street Oval and major path upgrades for Queanbeyan’s River Walk,” Mr Barilaro said.

Project funding is divided between the two projects with $640,000 for the amenities building and $400,000 for the river walk.

“Investment in local infrastructure is a core priority for the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government and it is great to see this money going towards grassroots infrastructure that our community will directly benefit from,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The amenities block project will include change rooms, public toilets, a canteen, storage and a club meeting room which will cater for all sports clubs using the High Street fields.

“Our local footy clubs playing here have long relied on tents, marquees and shipping containers to support the basic level of amenities at the oval.

“It’s time for the old concrete toilet block and shipping container storage to go, and for construction on this excellent new facility to begin, and I am glad that the NSW Government is making sure that this happens.

“The Queanbeyan River is a beautiful part of our city and this funding will allow more people to get out and enjoy the area.

“This project will construct sections of a shared pathway along the Queanbeyan River, allowing the CBD to be linked to key residential areas and recreational facilities.

“The river walk is currently used by plenty of members of our community, including the Heart Foundation’s Queanbeyan Town Park Walkers and other walking groups, as well as participants in regular Park Runs, plus many more.

“The project will give a safer and steadier path for those enjoying the area, while also providing a unique tourism opportunity that will make Queanbeyan one of only a few regional cities with safe paths for platypus and river wildlife viewing right in the heart of the CBD.

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council Deputy Mayor Trevor Hicks said raising the standard of the facilities at High Street Playing Fields will ensure Council is able to provide a suitable venue for local football teams and their supporters.

“I thank Mr Barilaro and the NSW Government for this funding. It is clear that all of our local clubs will really benefit from these new facilities,” Mr Hicks said.

“Funding for the River Walk project will allow Council to complete the missing parts of the shared pathway on both sides of the river, ensuring the community has safe access along the river corridor.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the Queanbeyan River is in many ways the heart of Queanbeyan and the funding will complement Council’s future plans for a shared-path bridge over the Queanbeyan River near the existing low level bridge.

The funding comes from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, which is designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.