Sports lovers, friends and families in Parkes will gain more enjoyment out of game days with the newly refurbished Cheney Park amenities block now open to  local clubs, players and public guests, thanks to a $200,000 NSW Government grant.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro joined Parkes Mayor Cr Ken Keith at the multi-purpose amenities block for a ribbon cutting ceremony today, where he announced $1.6 million will be available for further local projects that benefit the community of Parkes Local Government Area through round seven of the Resources for Regions fund.

Mr Barilaro said the improved amenities block, funded through the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, features accessible toilets, mens and womens changerooms, as well as a renovated kitchen and new PA system to introduce matches and call game  updates.

“The old amenities block was tired and lacked the modern facilities needed to support the hundreds of sports users visiting Cheney Park to play touch football, hockey and cricket on weekends or for school sports during the week,” Mr Barilaro said

“This new amenities block is safe, clean, fit for purpose and a great example of the infrastructure the NSW Government has delivered to date for regional communities through a number of programs as part of the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“We will carry on delivering these kinds of valuable improvements to the Parkes’ community, as well as essential infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, to support productivity through round seven of Resources for Regions.”

Cr Keith said Resources for Regions has previously funded two projects, including upgrades for Bogan Way and funding for Parkes Central West Childcare Services, and welcomed the further $1.6 million locked in for new projects under round seven.

“Mining towns like ours contribute a great deal to the NSW economy and there is no doubt this places extra pressure on local infrastructure, which is why it is fantastic the revamped program will deliver funding for a wider range of projects,” Cr Keith said.

“Knowing exactly how much funding is available will allow Parkes Council to confidently put forward projects that best support our community.”

The Stronger Country Communities Fund and Resources for Regions are part of the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.

For further information, go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforregions

Media release issued by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro - 22nd July 2020