WORKS are underway on the revitalisation of the Stuarts Point Foreshore to vastly improve recreational facilities for both locals and visitors to the town.
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the $3.4 million project will improve access to the foreshore, provide new amenities and recreational opportunities, including better fishing facilities, new pathways and picnic areas, and create a fresh designated event space.
"This is an exciting project that will enhance our outdoor spaces for the local community and boost opportunities to attract tourists to this beautiful location," Ms Pavey said.
"I'm also delighted the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government have made this project a reality with more than $1.6 million in Restart NSW funding as part of the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund.
"Kempsey Shire Council is to be congratulated for prioritising the project as part of their vision for the Stuarts Point foreshore."
Council is contributing the remainder of the project funds.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the fund was part of the commitment of the State Government to boost regional economies through targeted investment in environment and tourism infrastructure.
"Regional NSW attracts a significant number of tourists each year which increases the spend with local businesses and creates local jobs, and we want to do all we can to help towns like Stuarts Point share in those benefits," Mr Barilaro said.
"Tourism already forms a vital part of Stuart Point's local economy, with families, caravaners and campers in particular visiting the foreshore, and this revitalisation will encourage them to extend their stays and spend more with those local businesses."
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Kempsey Shire Council director of Operations and Planning, Robert Fish, said project delivery will start with construction of a new playground and carpark adjacent to the boat ramp.
"We've worked with the community to understand how the area is used and what the opportunities are to improve the experience for locals and visitors," Mr Fish said.
"The masterplan was adopted in May and we've since sought more specific feedback on what people want to see in a new playground. As part of these initial works, we'll remove the existing equipment and replace it with a more modern version located to take greater advantage of the natural shade from existing trees."
The project is anticipated to be completed in 2020.