CLIFFORD PARK TO UNDERGO MAJOR UPGRADE
Clifford Park will undergo a major transformation to create a recreational space for the local Goonellabah community that aims to engage members of the public in positive and supportive sport and cultural activities.
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant and Member for Lismore Thomas George announced Clifford Park would receive $1,638,590 in NSW Government funding after a successful ClubGRANTS Category 3 application.
“The upgrade will bring together a range of community, recreational and sporting activities including walking tracks and exercise and playground equipment to address community needs for safe open spaces for children and youth to gather,” Mr Grant said.
“The site, which is currently unfit for use, will be transformed into a place where community can come and participate in sport and recreation in a safe and functional environment.
“The NSW Government funding will ensure this much needed upgrade can begin and the community can start enjoying a first class facility.
“Once complete, it’s expected the project will greatly increase participation among aboriginal youth, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds by promoting pride and identity within the local community.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, through the ClubGRANTS scheme, recognises the value this redevelopment will have for the whole community,” Mr Grant said.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said in addition to recreational facilities, the site will also include an amenities building and car park and provide a much needed boost to the local community.
“The park is the home ground of the Northern United Rugby League Football Club, a local Aboriginal NRL Sports Club, who do fantastic work with local kids,” Mr George said.
“This upgrade will provide activity spaces for disadvantaged youth to engage in recreational activities that would otherwise not be available to them.
“This is a very important and welcome project for the local community and I applaud Lismore City Council for their outstanding application through the ClubGRANTS process,” Mr George said.