Cessnock City Council will receive $1.7 million for five community projects.

UPGRADE: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent and a Cessnock Council worker at Bridges Hill Playground.
UPGRADE: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent and a Cessnock Council worker at Bridges Hill Playground.

BRIDGES Hill Park will undergo a major makeover with a nearly $1 million boost from the state government – but it’s not the only winner in the Cessnock area.

Hunter parliamentary secretary Scot MacDonald announced $1.7 million for five community projects on Monday, as part of round two of the state’s government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

He said the funds would be used for much-needed upgrades and infrastructure.

“Cessnock is an area that hasn’t had a lot of funding in the past, so we are trying to catch up with $1.7 million for the community,” Mr MacDonald said. 

“It’s really good for them … with a focus on playgrounds and public squares.”

Across the area, the funding includes $279,973 for Branxton Public Square, $242,355 for Cessnock Swimming Pool Splash Pad, $126,700 for community hall restroom upgrades and $120,643 for Branxton’s Maitland Street to receive a pavement and street tree upgrade. Mr MacDonald said $936,315 would be used for the the makeover of Bridges Hill Park in Branxton.

“Bridges Hill Playground will receive a new indigenous themed adventure playground to replace the existing 22 year old equipment, incorporating active and passive recreational features for all ages,” he said. 

“I am pleased to see Branxton getting a bit of money, including funds for a new public square.”

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent added the funding was “wonderful news for our local community”.