CENTENARY PARK UPGRADE DELIVERS FOR TAMWORTH REGIONAL YOUTH CENTRE
People of all ages will enjoy Centenary Park Outdoor Youth Space with a half-sized basketball court, junior play space and skate park, part of a $200,000 project.
Today Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson joined Tamworth Regional Council Mayor, Cr Col Murray at the space: the result of a $100,000 NSW Government grant with matched funds of $100,000 from the Council.
“This is great news for the people who live around the park and around Tamworth, young and old as it will be a great place to do a bit of outdoor exercise.
“I’m always thinking of ways I can assist the smaller groups and organisations in our communities and the new development will give the Youth Centre the ability to extend programs as well as a safe and fun environment for people of all ages.
“The whole community will also be able to use this vibrant and accessible space for outdoor exercise, recreation and socialising.
“To be able to partner with Tamworth Regional Council in funding to make this happen is another example of how we can work together.
“Across town construction work continues on $1.7M Viaduct Park Youth Recreation Hub with work expected to be completed in about three months.
“Like Centenary Park, the skate park is an investment in the youth of the Tamworth Region. In these parks we are creating an active space where kids can play, learn and have fun outdoors in a safe and stimulating environment.
“I want to see our young people get off the couch, put down their screens or consoles and enjoy the outdoors and some exercise. There’s no excuse to say ‘there’s nothing to do in Tamworth’.
“We have seen the success of the Regional Playground and that is because it caters to grandparents, parents and children.
“We need to build on our past success with the development of Centenary Park and create a facility that is attractive to youth, as well as other members of our community,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Tamworth Regional Mayor Col Murray said the grant made it possible for Council to transform Centenary Park into an inviting youth space and a location capable of hosting community events.
“The park now has the facilities which the young people living nearby told us they wanted there.
“We undertook a survey among users of Centenary Park to find out their needs – they wanted somewhere to play football, a basketball court and play equipment.
“There is a strong sporting culture among the young people who regularly attend The Youthie and the basketball court is being used every day,” he said. “Staff at The Youthie are looking to coordinate recreational basketball events which include the wider community.”
In February 2018 Council spent $100,000 to install a football field which is irrigated using bore water.