$2.5 million funds for Maitland and Cessnock projects

PATHWAY: A shared pathway from Morpeth to Walka Water Works is on the horizon.
PATHWAY: A shared pathway from Morpeth to Walka Water Works is on the horizon.

The Morpeth to Walka Water Works pathway and the beautification of the Kurri Kurri CBD Park are a step closer after Maitland and Cessnock councils received a combined $2.5million in state government funding for seven new projects.

Michael Johnsen MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Resources and Member for Upper Hunter, announced funding of $15.7 million for 35 projects in total across the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions from round seven of the Resources for Regions program.

In Maitland the funding includes: Morpeth to Walka Water Works Shared Pathway - $886,213; Community Program - Environmental Spaces - $300,000 and Maitland Gaol Development Plan - $50,000. In Cessnock the projects funded include: Cessnock Pool Splashpad Stage 2 - $420,300; Kurri Kurri CBD Park Beautification Project - $482,198; Cessnock Disadvantaged Youth Driver Training Program - $100,000 and Cessnock City Cultural Hub - $309,700.

"This funding is great news for our local councils and organisations in the Upper Hunter electorate, and the wider Hunter region, and it will go far to support local infrastructure projects from health, water, roads, education and tourism," Mr Johnsen said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the revised Resources for Regions program would generate job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, deliver lifestyle improvements and boost wellbeing in mining towns.

"Mining communities and organisations told us how Resources for Regions could be improved and I took action. Now the revised program is funding a broader range of projects and delivering guaranteed and fairer shares of funding," Mr Barilaro said.

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