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The sights and sounds of kids having a ball will soon fill the air at Pensioners Hill Lookout in Gunnedah with a new playground on the way thanks to a $196,051 grant from the NSW Government.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group had been doing a fantastic job caring for and upgrading the facilities at Pensioners Hill Lookout, helping take advantage of one of the best views the region has to offer.

“Pensioners Hill Lookout is one of the best kept secrets in our region and I would encourage anyone travelling through our region to make sure they book in a visit to have a look at the magnificent view,” Mr Anderson said.

“The view alone is more than enough reason to pay the lookout a visit, let alone the incredible sculptures that make the park unique.

“The growing number of sculptures and attractions at Pensioners Hill Lookout is a credit to the hard work and determination of the Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group who donate a significant amount of their time to take care of and upgrade the park with the assistance of grants.”

The latest NSW Government grants comes after Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group were awarded a $50,575 grant from the same fund in 2021 to install a new waste art sculpture to look over the town.

“It was a pleasure to visit Pensioners Hill recently to see the great new additions to the park following the awarding of a grant in late 2021,” Mr Anderson added.

“A soaring eagle now flies proudly over the town and visitors can set themselves up for a picnic under shaded tables. I know these upgrades have helped in bringing more people up to the lookout and it’s been a pleasure to work with the group to bring these projects to fruition.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said in the past five years the Stronger Country Communities Fund had delivered more than 2000 grassroots projects, benefitting every Local Government Area in regional NSW.

“We all know how important it is for communities to have great places to come together to build social connections and boost their wellbeing through sport or community events,” Mr Toole said. 

“It’s the little things that make a big difference to the way we all work, live, play and do business, and the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government are delivering the projects that make a difference to everyday life right across regional NSW, from Byron Bay to Bega to Broken Hill.”

Round Five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will support local community and sporting infrastructure projects, street beautification, public programs and events that display the best of local character and community spirit.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure in the regions.

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