Communities across the region are making good use of new public recreation facilities to get their daily exercise during COVID-19 restrictions. Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman MP said locals have noted a surge in people using community infrastructure to safely stay active and healthy while helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mrs Tuckerman said the NSW Government’s commitment to funding amenities that improve everyday life in the regions has delivered new and improved pathways, cycleways and sporting fields that are priceless to local communities, particularly during the current pandemic. “The Stronger Country Commuities Fund delivers smaller projects that make a big difference to everyday life, and with social distancing allowing communities to stay healthy and exercise outside, I’d say that difference is now more noteable than ever.” Mrs Tuckerman said. “Here in the Goulburn electorate, the Stronger Country Communities Fund has delivered paths in Gunning, Taralga and Laggan in the Upper Lachlan Shire as well as the Shire’s Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan First Priority Projects in Taralga, Bigga and Binda, and the extension of Goulburn’s Wollondilly Walking and Cycling Track,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said more than $100 million worth of new or upgraded local sporting facilities have been delivered to date, along with $44 million for off-road walking and mountain bike trails and $22 million to build, extend or repair footpaths and cycleways in regional NSW towns.

“The NSW Government has long understood the value of directly investing in the kind of vital community assets that help make regional NSW a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said. “These are challenging times as everyone does their best to practice social distancing to save lives, but as COVID-19 restrictions lift, we also look forward to people also being able to make full use of local sporting and recreation facilities, many of which are currently being upgraded.”