FUN ON THE CARDS AT BRELSFORD PARK


Children with a disability can now ride a new carousel at Brelsford Park, thanks to a $56,000 community project being finished.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan visited the new inclusive playground today.

“This is a great project that will improve the quality of life of children with a disability in our community,” he said.

“Playing is an essential part of childhood and this new equipment will give all children more to do at Brelsford Park.

“Since 2017, the Federal Government has invested $270,000 in social infrastructure projects like this one across the electorate of Cowper through
the Stronger Communities Program. I am pleased to see $20,000 from this fund has been well spent here.”

Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Director Robert Avery said his club had been delivering improvements to the region’s parks and playgrounds since
1949.

“Over 50 years, we had delivered major improvements to local parks including the Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens and the
Southern Breakwater Wayne Glenn Walk,” Mr Avery said.

“Community groups approached us last year to look at what accessible play equipment existed across the city. Accessible play equipment is
important for children with a disability as it removes obstacles and barriers that prevent people of all ages and abilities enjoying play.

“We found there was a need for more accessible play equipment, so our club raised funds for the all-access carousel or merry-go-round and we
also applied for a Stronger Communities grant and Council grant to make it happen.”

Round 5 of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Grants are currently being assessed and grants are expected to be awarded in
January 2020. This program has committed funding to over 7,700 community-based projects across Australia. Other projects being delivered on
the Coffs Coast include an upgrade to the Sawtell Meals on Wheels’ kitchen and a footpath from Sawtell to Boronia Street near Bonville
Headland.