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  • Writer's pictureAlayna Fong

Playground to join the soaring eagle at Pensioner's Hill

A new playground is on its way to join the sculptures at Pensioner's Hill Lookout, thanks to another successful grant application by the Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group.


Pensioner's Hill lookout.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group had been doing a fantastic job caring for and upgrading the facilities at Pensioners Hill Lookout and that they have had their eyes set on a playground for a while now.


“Pensioners Hill Lookout is one of the best kept secrets in our region and I would encourage anyone travelling through our region to make sure they book in a visit to have a look at the magnificent view,” Mr Anderson said.


“The growing number of sculptures and attractions at Pensioners Hill Lookout is a credit to the hard work and determination of the Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group who donate a significant amount of their time to take care of and upgrade the park with the assistance of grants.


"So, its great they could secure another $196,051 to add a playground."


Mr Anderson responded to one local who questioned why a playground was decided for Pensioner's Hill when there was already an all inclusive playground on the main street with the main fact that it is such a popular destination not only for visitors but also for locals and that it has been a dream for the Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group.


The latest NSW Government grants comes after Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group were awarded a $50,575 grant from the same fund in 2021 to install a new waste art sculpture to look over the town.


“It was a pleasure to visit Pensioners Hill recently to see the great new additions to the park following the awarding of a grant in late 2021,” Mr Anderson added.


“A soaring eagle now flies proudly over the town and visitors can set themselves up for a picnic under shaded tables. I know these upgrades have helped in bringing more people up to the lookout and it’s been a pleasure to work with the group to bring these projects to fruition.”


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said in the past five years the Stronger Country Communities Fund had delivered more than 2000 grassroots projects, benefitting every Local Government Area in regional NSW.


“We all know how important it is for communities to have great places to come together to build social connections and boost their wellbeing through sport or community events,” Mr Toole said.


“It’s the little things that make a big difference to the way we all work, live, play and do business, and the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government are delivering the projects that make a difference to everyday life right across regional NSW, from Byron Bay to Bega to Broken Hill.”

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