Dunedoo’s Milling Park was a hive of activity on Friday, 4 December for the official opening of several projects funded through the Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund.
A $3 million boost from the State Government has revitalised infrastructure across the Dunedoo district, by enhancing transport, tourism, sporting and recreational facilities.
Warrumbungle Shire Council mayor, Peter Shinton, was pleased with the excitement the opening created in the town.
“It was great to see both young and seniors come along to celebrate completion of projects in the Dunedoo region,” Cr Shinton said.
“It was a pleasure to MC the event, and to introduce school captains from both St Michael’s and Dunedoo Central School, who represented the youth of Dunedoo well by speaking about the benefits to the future of Dunedoo from the projects completed through funding by the State Government.
“Most popular was the new skatepark in Milling Park, the netball courts as part of the Robertson Oval improvements, together with the town’s tennis courts.”
Students had previously prepared a list of ‘Rules of Use’ for the skatepark, such as no bullying, littering or graffiti, which were printed on signs and installed as part of the opening ceremony.
To reinforce the community ownership of the skatepark, students from Dunedoo Central School provided a fun demonstration of the skateboarding skills locals have been practising.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, officially opened the facilities, which included upgrades to Milling Park, Robertson Oval, Bolaro Street, Jubilee Hall, RV and heavy vehicle parking, old bank building, Dunedoo Sports Club, Dunedoo Bowling Club and Mendooran Tennis Courts.
“Funding through the Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund has also provided an opportunity to improve services for seniors in the Dunedoo region, through the proposed retirement village to be located at the old Dunedoo Hospital site,” Mr Humphries said.
The Three Rivers Regional Retirement Community will receive $4.5 million to demolish and prepare the former hospital site for construction of 11 dwellings, as well as a community garden and outdoor living classroom. Demolition is expected to commence early next year.
On Monday, 7 December, Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, announced additional funding of $2.45 million for stage two of the Three Rivers project as part of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
This funding aims to promote economic growth and address disadvantage in regional Australia.
A further $420,945 from the Cobbora Transition Fund has also enabled construction of a Multi- purpose Centre at the Mendooran Showground and upgrades to the Three Rivers Recreation Ground, near Coolah.
Warrumbungle Shire Council deputy mayor, Cr Murray Coe, director corporate and community services, Stefan Murru, Cr Chris Sullivan, Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, Cr Anne-Louise Capel, and mayor, Cr Peter Shinton.