An upgrade of Wilson Memorial Oval is among several projects in Murrurundi benefitting from Australian Government funding support.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Government is investing $235,000 in the Oval’s refurbishment under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Fund, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy during COVID-19.
“This funding will assist in the interior fit out of the Oval’s main building, landscaping, electrical supply and additional spectator seating,” Mr Joyce said.
Additional funding of $526,000 from the NSW Government and $11,000 from Upper Hunter Shire Council complement ongoing works which are being carried out by local builder, Matthew Clarke.
Across the highway, $150,000 in federal funding from the LCRI Fund will assist in the restoration of Murrurundi’s Memorial Gates which have become structurally unsound and in need of repair.
“Remedial work involves deconstructing the historic memorial, replacing the foundation and rebuilding the memorial and path using as much of the original sandstone material as possible,” Mr Joyce said.
It is expected this project will start in March 2021 and be finished mid-year.
A further $230,434 in Australian Government funding will be used to replace kerbing and guttering on the east side of Mayne Street (New England Highway) between Boyd and Murulla streets.
Meanwhile progress is also being made on the upgrade of Murrurundi’s Rosedale Equine Complex canteen which is funded by $250,000 from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.
“Demolition works are already done and it is expected the new building and internal fit out will be complete by April, allowing ample lead in time for the 2021 King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge in September,” Mr Joyce said.
Mr Joyce said the extra construction activity these projects are generating will lead to economic returns for communities across the Upper Hunter.
“Not only are these projects supporting local jobs, construction businesses and general economic growth, the new assets will deliver a better standard of living for you and your family,” Mr Joyce said.
“Council is to be commended on its delivery of the new projects which will have a lasting benefit on the Murrurundi community for generations to come.”
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Maurice Collison said the community was excited about the projects.
“We thank Barnaby and the Australian Government for their ongoing support. Council could not undertake these sort of community projects without financial backing. It’s a big investment in Murrurundi sports and heritage, which are amongst the town’s biggest attractions.”