Cowra will be receiving almost $2 million from the NSW Government to bring to life their Open Space Legacy Project, awarded from the Public Spaces Legacy Program.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced the $1,999,680 grant for Cowra Council, which will enhance public spaces across the shire through the Lachlan River Recreation Linkage, Cowra CBD and Peace Precinct Art Project, Village Signage Project and Aboriginal Art Installation and Landscape Project.
Steph Cooke MP said the NSW Government was supporting the council to create a legacy of quality, green and accessible public space to be treasured for generations to come.
“The Cowra community has a rich history that deserves to be celebrated even further in these wonderful public spaces,” Steph said.
Mayor of Cowra Shire Council, Bill West said the project would help celebrate local history and culture, as well as completing existing beautiful open spaces.
“This is a tremendous boost for Cowra Shire and very welcome funding, which will enable the Council to continue with some of the important community space projects we have on the books,” Bill said.
“Our history and heritage are incredibly important, particularly our Indigenous heritage and culture. Council has been working for a long time to give proper recognition to the local Aboriginal community in the peace precinct, for example.”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the funding being delivered to councils was reliant on them meeting agreed targets to speed up local development applications.
“This program is the first of its kind in NSW and demonstrates state and local government working together to create a legacy of beautiful public spaces that communities, for decades, can be proud of,” Rob said.
For more information, visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Planning-reforms/NSW-Public-Spaces-Legacy-Program