PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited Port Stephens Council chambers to announce the NSW Government will contribute $226,542 towards the management of public reserves in the Port Stephens region.
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The successful projects to be funded in 2017/18 are: Birubi Headland ($12,420 for targeted control of Bitou bush), Booner Street Reserve & Community Centre ($96,459 for replacement of asbestos roofing with a new metal roof), Lemon Tree Passage Environmental Protection Reserve ($20,800 for control of noxious and environmental weeds along 8km of Port Stephens Foreshore), Mallabula Public Recreation ($25,226 for treatment of Ludwigia longifolia on Crown Land), One Mile Beach ($29,960 for dunal and koala habitat restoration) and Port Stephens Women’s Crisis and Support Group – ($22,598 for upgrading the existing facility, removing overhanging trees and repositioning the fence to ensure a safe and secure facility)
The funding is part of the NSW Government’s 2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund program which provides financial support to maintain the community’s highly-valued public assets.
440 projects will benefit from $15 million in the latest round of the Public Reserves Management Fund.
“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 MacDonald said.
“This funding will directly benefit our community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of our region.”
Wayne Wallis, Port Stephens Council General Manager, said Council is delighted to receive the NSW Government’s support.
“Our community is passionate about our treasured environment and this funding from the NSW State Government will help Council continue our work toward the restoration of our unique habitats, along with supporting our efforts to manage and control invasive species in Port Stephens.
“These grants are a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to preserving our region’s natural assets,” Mr Wallis said.
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.
“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.”