Greenspace grant for Our River precinct

Trees along the river bank

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Public facilities and access near the river will continue to be improved thanks to Penrith Council’s success in obtaining $187,500 for its Our River Precinct which forms part of the Our River Masterplan.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program grant by the Department of Planning and Environment will be matched dollar for dollar by Council with the total project valued at $375,000.

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM welcomed the funding saying the river is one of the most talked about and visited destinations in the city.

"Our river is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family," Cr Fowler said.

"It boasts playgrounds for the kids, recreation facilities such as boating and fishing as well as covered picnic areas for all to enjoy.

"The grant will continue to improve access and facilities around the river."

With pathworks now complete along River Road, Emu Plains, funding will now focus on the delivering facilities on the eastern side of the river including the continuation of upgrades to the Great River Walk.

The grant funding will focus on three areas:

  1. Precinct planning of the Regatta Park area;
  2. Pathworks - new 3m wide pedestrian concrete path from the end of Nepean Avenue towards Jamison Road;
  3. Embellishment funds towards the small playground upgrade in Tench Reserve (near Jamison Rd).

Works from this grant are expected to be completed within a two year period.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Thursday, 30 April 2015.