Thursday, 31 August 2017

Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced the NSW Government will contribute $152,835 towards the management of public reserves across the Bega Valley region.

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s 2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund program.

Mr Constance said the Public Reserves Management Fund provides financial support to maintain the community’s highly-valued public assets.

“State-owned public reserves play an important role in our communities and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring these reserves continue to provide social and economic benefits to the people of NSW,” Mr Constance said.

“This funding will directly benefit our community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of our region.”

Across the state, 440 projects will benefit from $15 million in the latest round of the Public Reserves Management Fund.

“Across the Bega Valley we have eight successful projects that will be funded in 2017-18:

  • Bemboka River Reserve Trust, $4,752 for weed management of the Bemboka River reserve.
  • Candelo Showground Trust, $38,985  for the removal of dangerous trees, demolition of termite damaged shed, and to undertake minor repairs and upgrades.    
  • Cobargo Showground Trust, $19,146 for renovation of the dressage ring and

upgrading of the electrical infrastructure.         

  • Old Bega Hospital Reserve Trust, $30,000 to upgrade the roof of the former Nurses quarters.
  • Pambula Wetlands And Heritage Reserve Trust, $1,893 for the engagement of a contractor to control invasive weeds like Turkey Rhubarb, using integrated control techniques.
  • Tantawanglo Recreation Reserve Trust, $9,337 for spraying of Eragrostis curvua and sowing 5ha of seed in designated areas to hinder the reinfestation.
  • The Lake Curalo Foreshore Reserve Trust, $7,722 for control of weeds to protect EECs, comply with relevant legislation, Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and increase recreational enjoyment of the reserve.         
  • Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, $41,000 for Development of stage 1 of the "Aboriginal Whale dreaming trail" at Eden.                                              

Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said $94 million has been invested over the last six years in the upgrade of showgrounds, the repair of buildings, bushfire hazard reduction, weed control and building new infrastructure.

“Showgrounds are important community hubs, particularly in regional NSW. This year, 38 showground trusts have been awarded more than $2.5 million for much-needed upgrades,” Mr Toole said.

“I want to congratulate all of our hardworking Crown reserve trusts on the great job they do managing and maintaining our public assets right across NSW.”