Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has celebrated the investment of $40,000 in community facilities on Friday at the official openings of the Toddler Playground at Highbrook Lizard Park in Muswellbrook and the new Neil Barry Stand at Denman Oval.
Both projects received $20,000 under Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Grants Programme, awarded to Muswellbrook Shire Council and Denman Rugby League Club respectively to invest in projects that benefit the local community and increase public participation.
Local families and young children gathered at Highbrook Park for an afternoon of play activities at the specially designed toddler playground that features stepping stones, raised hop scotch and tummy swings over an area of soft fall located within the zone surrounding the tail of ‘Larry the Lizard’.
“The addition of the toddler playground is a great thing for the Muswellbrook community. Outdoor play is important for the development of young children and allows them to explore their environment, develop strength, coordination and confidence,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.
“I hope this new community facility is embraced and enjoyed by young families and that it becomes a meeting point for social groups and activities.”
That evening, Mr Fitzgibbon joined Denman Rugby League Club to celebrate the opening of the new grandstand at the Denman Oval. The concrete tiered seating is a much welcomed addition to the town’s sporting facility which is also used by local junior and senior cricket and athletics clubs.
“I congratulate Denman Rugby League Club on their successful grant application and for the time and effort volunteers have contributed to improving this sporting ground to benefit the entire community,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Denman is a close knit community that loves its sport. The fact the grandstand acknowledges the significant contribution local Neil Barry has made to the town’s sporting community is a special touch.
“Neil has dedicated six decades to his beloved local rugby league club in a playing, coaching and officiating capacity and has had an immense influence on the vibrancy and success of the club.”
Denman Rugby League Club and Muswellbrook Council are two of 15 organisations in the Hunter electorate to receive a share of $150,000 in funding through Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme.