NEW YOUTH RECREATION HUB GETS FUNDING BOOST
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced a funding boost today for youth in the Tamworth Region, with $999,308 in funding for a Viaduct Park Youth Recreation Hub. The project is expected to cost $1.7M, with Tamworth Regional Council contributing $738,000.
“Today I am excited to announce an investment in the youth of the Tamworth Region. In allocating funding towards a recreation hub, we are creating an active space where kids can play, learn and have fun outdoors in a safe and stimulating environment.
“This facility will bridge the gap between locations like Newcastle, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour and allow Tamworth to play host to regional competitions – a great economic boost for our Region”, Mr Anderson said.
The announcement this morning was welcomed by Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth Regional Council General Manager Paul Bennett who say the funding will help create a hub for youth and will set a new standard for how public space can inspire young people to be active.
Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray said “Council is pleased to deliver on another promise to the community - that being a hub for activity for youth. We often receive feedback that there aren’t enough spaces for youth to hangout outside of a playground setting. The area will easily accommodate events and hopes to inspire youth to be active, be outdoors and be involved in our community.”
In 2016, Tamworth Regional Council sought community feedback for the project, and asked residents for help in determining concept designs and layout. The space is proposed to include a skate bowl, elevated stage platform and judging area, plaza style skate area, LED lighting, BBQ and sheltered spaces.
The facility meets standards to attract regional skating competition events and will be the only of its kind in the New England/North West area of NSW.
Tamworth Regional Council General Manager Paul Bennett said the success of the project will be ensuring it is multi-generational and fit for purpose.
“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 this new recreation hub and create a facility that is attractive to youth, as well as other members of our community.”
The aim of the project is to create a new contemporary space that caters to a range of recreation and social opportunities for young people, families and the Tamworth community.
The funding for the Viaduct Park Youth Recreation Hub is made possible through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and Tamworth Regional Council.