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Cash splash for parks, teachers

Thursday, 13th September, 2018

MP Kevin Humphries with real estate agent for Century 21 John Bent outside one of the four new teacher units in Rowe Street. PICTURE: Callum Marshall MP Kevin Humphries with real estate agent for Century 21 John Bent outside one of the four new teacher units in Rowe Street. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Seven community and local sporting facilities will receive state funding for upgrades and extensions and new housing options will be available for teachers in Broken Hill.

Overall, $1,761,000 will be provided to the city after City Council won the funding in round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

It will benefit Sturt Park and its playground, Lifeline, the Napredak Club, the Silver City Swim Centre, Picton Oval, Kintore Reserve and the Desert Rats Rod and Custom Club.

Lifeline will get money for a recycling facility extension, there’ll be refurbishments for the Napredak Club, a pool upgrade for Silver City Swim Centre, outdoor gyms at Sturt Park and Picton Oval, picnic train shelters and a barbecue upgrade for Kintore Reserve, and a Stage 1 motor support facility for Desert Rats.

“I am excited about the great potential of these community projects to enhance the lives of residents in Broken Hill, said local MP Kevin Humphries.

Mayor Darriea Turley welcomed the announcement while at the Sturt Park playground.

“These projects are certainly going to give a boost to not only our community but to our economy,” the mayor said.

The extra money for the playground was particularly timely following community criticism of its state this week and ongoing concerns about vandalism.

“The Sturt Park revitalisation, particularly for the playground equipment, was rated as nearly the number one project out of everything that was surveyed,” said Mr Humphries.

Mayor Turley said the contribution was most welcome.

“It’s been a top priority of ours for a long time and we know it’s really popular with families and kids.

“With the new money there’ll be a new play area and CCTV to reduce vandalism. It’s a great announcement for Broken Hill, and all the families and kids within the community.”

Four new purpose-built units in Rowe Street were announced as part of a $2.8 million investment to provide more housing for teachers in Broken Hill and Walgett.

“In the remote areas of Far West NSW, we know that improved facilities go a long way to attracting professionals to the area,” said Mr Humphries.

“To be able to provide great new, up-to-date accommodation will have a big impact in being able to attract teachers and just as important, families, to our areas.”

Real estate agent John Bent, who manages housing throughout the Far West for Century 21, said the new units were “fabulous.”

“They will replace older 1970s-style accommodation that locals will be familiar with, those red-brick homes you see dotted around Broken Hill with the government brand on them,” he said.

“Good serviceable homes but outdated and not with too much architectural input.”

The four new units at 240 Rowe Street join similarly developed units in Sulphide and Brown streets. 

“I think you’re going to find your young professionals, whether they be teachers or otherwise, wanting to live in good quality accommodation,” said Mr Bent.

“These will just attract them and give them longer-term work periods in Broken Hill.”

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