More funding for Ocean Shores’ Waterlily Park

Local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin celebrating the funding announcement with the Ocean Shores community.

For years, Ocean Shores’ Waterlily Park was the poor cousin to other children’s playgrounds in the region. But that’s all changing.

Hot on the heels of recent rehabilitation of the park, Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, announced a further $418,608 in state government funding in a celebration at the playground yesterday (Sunday March 18).

Mr Franklin said the funding will go towards construction of shared cycling and walking pathways, formalization of the car park, shade sails for the playground and construction of an all-abilities flying fox and wheelchair friendly tree-house.

‘I am thrilled we are able to support this wonderful playground, which is such an important part of this community. Ocean Shores is home to many young families and this project will deliver more facilities to these families,’ Mr Franklin said.

He announced the funding at yesterday’s community celebration at the Park.

‘It was a delight to join the Ocean Shores community to celebrate this wonderful project,’ said Mr Franklin.

‘The project has been led by the Ocean Shores community. Our local school children have played a huge part in the design of the playground. It is so incredible that the children of this community have been able to assist in the design of the equipment they will play on and children for generations to come,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘I want to pay tribute to Orit Ben-Harush and the whole Waterlily Playscape Committee for all their work in bringing this project to life.’

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund. Applications for Round Two of the Fund are currently open until 4 May 2018.


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