Construction has started on an all-purpose, recreational hub at Deerbush Park as part of the Western Sydney City Deal.
Funded through the $190 million Western Parkland City Liveability Program, a key plank of the City Deal, the recreational area will cater for adults and children across the local area.
The $1.3 million jointly funded project will create local jobs and is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said building and delivering community infrastructure played an important role in the jobs-led recovery from COVID 19.
“This is a critical time to be getting boots on the ground and shovels moving, I can’t emphasise enough the importance of these grassroots opportunities because they can make a huge difference to lives and livelihoods,” Mr Tudge said.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said public spaces had never been more important to the people of Western Sydney.
“We all need our open spaces to work for us and our families, giving us the chance to keep active, play a game, and get some fresh air. These two projects deliver richly on making day to day life better in the area,” Mr Ayres said.
Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the redevelopment of Deerbush Park ensures the showground, the geographic and cultural heart of our City, has something for everyone to enjoy.
“We are creating spaces in this City for families and friends to come together to enjoy outdoor activities and be healthy,” Mayor Carbone said.
For the local kids there will be an accessible swing, a ground-level carousel, trampoline and ropes course, a flying fox, riding track, climbing net fort with slide and a riverbed crossing with water pump. Accessible public toilets will support these fun facilities.
For exercising adults, the park will provide new outdoor gym equipment. The exercise and play facilities will be combined with new picnic tables and bench seating.
The Western Sydney City Deal is a 20-year partnership between the Australian Government, NSW Government, and local governments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.
It aims to transform the region through investment and planning reform, improving access to employment, housing, health, education and liveability outcomes in Western Sydney.
The Liveability Program includes projects delivered by all eight Western Parkland City councils.