A $4.1 million grant from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program will transform access to Mudgee’s Glen Willow Complex and establish an all new training camp.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Mid-Western Regional Council has been granted $3.1 million to construct a bridge over Lawson Creek, connecting Glen Willow to the Putta Bucca Wetlands, as well as more than $1 million to begin construction of a training camp facility at the precinct.
“Glen Willow is already regarded as one of the best sporting facilities in regional NSW, able to host multiple NRL fixtures each year, and work is already underway to make it the home of Mudgee community sport as well,” Mr Saunders said.
“These projects are the next step to attract even more elite sporting teams and programs, and bring the community along for the ride.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting regional mining towns like Mudgee, and I am grateful to Mid-Western Regional Council for putting forward these projects which will support the ongoing prosperity of the local community.”
Stage 1 of the Glen Willow Training Camp Facility will feature a gym, recovery centre, conference/lecture room, dining/lounge room, kitchen, storeroom, laundry, and toilets to meet the needs and requirements of visiting and local athletes, sporting teams and groups. Stage 1 will also support future stages, including planning for accommodation and further amenities.
The vehicle and pedestrian bridge will improve connectivity for weekend sport and major events, as well as link Glen Willow with the popular Putta Bucca Wetlands and the 8 kilometre cycling/walking loop.
Mid-Western Regional Council General Manager Brad Cam welcomed the funding.
“We’re extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the state government, which has been a great partner in bringing our visions for Glen Willow to life,” Mr Cam said.
“The bridge will ultimately improve and support recreation, exercise, and community sport and major events held at the complex.
“Both projects will deliver huge social and economic benefits and opportunities for the community of the Mid-Western Region.”
The Resources for Regions Program is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure. For more information, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/resourcesforeregions