A Valla Beach community playground has received a $15,000 Federal grant to construct weather and sun shades at a popular local park.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker visited the Anderson Park playground to inspect the new shade structures and meet local residents who were instrumental in securing the funds through the Stronger Communities Programme.
“Installing shade sails may appear a minor addition but it makes a big difference in a community such as Valla Beach, where a playground needs to be safe and protected from the elements for both children and parents,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The Valla Beach Community Association, Valla Lions Club and Nambucca Shire Council should be proud of their efforts in securing the funding and constructing the playground covers.
“John Windmill, Melvyn Best and Gary Suter from Valla Lions are terrific examples of community leaders who are intent on doing their best for the Valla Beach community, building playground equipment and seating and improving public areas,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Valla Beach Community Association monthly markets proceeds have been used to fund the playground and partially paid for the shade sails.
Nambucca Shire Council successfully applied for the Federal grant through the Stronger Communities Programme.
The Federal Government‘s Stronger Communities Programme funds small capital projects in local communities. It will deliver $45 million over two years commencing in 2015-16.
Valla Beach is a well known surfing beach near the Valla village in the Nambucca Valley, on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
Valla was formerly a logging town, surrounded by red cedar forest. A remnant logging industry remains as part of the adjacent state forests administered by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. A railway station was located in the village on the North Coast railway between 1939 and 1974. More recent industries include macadamia plantations and tourism.