Residents of North Rocks and Carlingford will enjoy a local infrastructure boom thanks to funding from the NSW State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott said Parramatta Council received $15 million to improve local infrastructure and services when the new council was established.
The funding was provided to the council in two streams, one for major infrastructure projects and the other for smaller grants for community groups.
- North Rocks Public School P&C Association - Playground to Plate - Improving the Health of the Community and the Environment, worth $39,677.00;
- The Hills Community Aid and Information Service Inc - Young and Skilled Up, worth $25,275.00; The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Carlingford Scouts - Installation of Solar Battery Storage for 1st Carlingford Scout Hall, worth $10,000.00; and
- The Scouts Association of Australia NSW Branch auspicing 1st Murray Farm Scouts- Replacement of old kitchen at 1st Murray Farm Scout Hall, worth $9,880.00.
Some of the major projects in Parramatta Council area include:
- An upgrade of 20 playgrounds across the City of Parramatta LGA, some of which are over 35 years old, worth $2.2 million;
- Walking Track to Hunts Creek Waterfall, Carlingford, worth $150,000;
- Cycleway infrastructure linking Epping with Carlingford, worth $1million; and
- Development of a master plan for the North Rocks Park precinct, including North Rocks Park, Senior Citizens Centre, North Rocks Tennis Court, and the Don Moore Community Centre. Priority works identified through the master plan will also be delivered as part of this project, worth $2.5 million.
Parramatta Residents Advisory Group member Andrew Jefferies said the funding will provide tangible benefits to local residents who are now residents of Parramatta Council.
“This money will help fund improvements that will make a lasting difference to people’s lives,” Mr Jefferies said.
NSW Local government Minister Gabrielle Upton said NSW Government wanted to support what communities cared about, which were their parks, local roads, footpaths, services and value for their rates.
“Our priority is for councils to deliver services and local infrastructure to their residents. The support the NSW Government has provided will give communities a kick-start in improving services and delivering on much needed infrastructure projects,” Ms Upton said.