The playground at Northmead Reserve is set for a facelift to make it accessible to more members of the community, including children with disabilities, following a commitment of $110,00 worth of joint-funding from Council and the NSW Government.
Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne joined fellow Hills Councillor and Seven Hills MP Mark Taylor at Northmead Reserve to announce the $55,000 state grant, which Council would match dollar for dollar.
“Northmead Reserve backs on to The Hills School which specialises in educating children with special needs,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Students from this school regularly use Northmead Reserve. I know that when the NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka last visited The Hills School, he promised he’d fight for playground funding and I’m glad the Government has come through with $55,000.”
Mr Taylor said that the NSW Government is committed to making community projects such as this upgrade happen because accessible playgrounds are so important to all local families.
“I’m glad the Government was able to deliver on its promise, but I’d especially like to pay tribute to the great work Mayor Byrne does in advocating for our area,” Mr Taylor said.
Mayor Byrne said that although the area was now technically under the management of City of Parramatta Council following the NSW Government’s proclamation last week, Council had committed to this project in the current year’s works program.
“Although we are no longer in charge of this area, I am glad that we are able to leave a positive legacy, particularly at this park with a playground that is accessible to all.”
For more details visit www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.