Waterlily Playscape funding has been announced by the NSW coalition, and will go towards the construction of shared cycling and walking pathways, the formalisation of the carpark, shade sails for the playground, the construction of an all-abilities ﬂying fox and a wheelchair-friendly treehouse.
Nationals MLC Ben Franklin says the $418,608 grant is ‘part of the NSW government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund.’
‘I am thrilled we are able to support this wonderful playground, which is such an important part of this community,’ he said.
A celebration was held at the park on Sunday.
‘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 [as will] children for generations to come,’ Mr Franklin said.
Franklin paid tribute to Orit Ben-Harush, ‘and the whole Waterlily playscape committee for all their work in bringing this project to life.’
Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) was also at the Sunday event and told The Echo, ‘This is fantastic as the NSW coalition originally pledged $250,000 – this amount is superb. Being a marginal seat is perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the Ballina electorate!’