Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a brand new adventure playground for Junee thanks to a $200,000 NSW Government Grant.

The Junee Regional Adventure Park took out the most votes in the My Community Project program, which for the first time allowed the electorate to vote and set funding priorities. The playground will include a sensory play area with Aboriginal plantings, and a special purpose swing for those with disabilities.

Ms Cooke said it was a wonderful outcome for the people of Junee.

“The park will be located at the Junee Regional Sporting and Recreation Hub on Park Lane and provide a fun and inclusive outdoor space for local kids and visitors to this beautiful little town,” she said.

Junee resident Maria Turner and Danielle Fellows worked closely together to develop and promote the idea in the region.

“The playground will encourage families to venture outdoors and to play together, resulting in children improving their overall physical health, developing their social and problem-solving skills, promoting creativity and meanwhile, having lots of fun!” Mrs Turner said.

“Danielle and I would like to thank each individual who voted, the State Government for creating this opportunity, Steph Cooke for her ongoing support and Junee Shire Council and staff for agreeing to sponsor and supporting us with the submission.”

Mayor of Junee Neil Smith said he was pleased to see the town’s dream of an Adventure Playground was coming to fruition.

“Adventure playgrounds incorporate sensory and creative play spaces for all. It will be another inclusive space for our community where everyone can feel welcome,” Cr Smith said.

The Ngumba-Dal Learning Community Sensory Play Area will be constructed by Junee Shire Council with the assistance of inmates from the GEO (Correctional Facility). The project is expected to be fully completed prior to August 2020.

You can view the results of the vote, and other successful projects from around NSW at mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au.