George Reserve in Salamander Bay is the latest Port Stephens park to receive a freshen-up, with Council installing new amenities and new play equipment.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says the improvements will make a big difference for users.
“George Reserve may be small but it’s very popular with locals including young families and it’s not hard to see why – the view over the port is spectacular,” Mayor Palmer said.
“To make this space even better for users, we’re installing a new swing set for the kids and new pathways to improve access to and from the playground. This is particularly helpful for people using mobility aids, parents with prams or kids on bikes and scooters.
“We’re also installing new inclusive amenities and a beach shower, which will be a big upgrade on the current facilities.
“We want to encourage more people to get outside, get active and enjoy our beautiful surroundings – these upgrades are one way we can do that,” he said.
Former Salamander Bay Rotary President Ina George has been committed to sourcing funds to upgrade and restore the park for the community.
“George Reserve in Salamander Bay is an iconic waterfront park with spectacular views to the Tomaree Headlands.
“The reserve is named after my husband’s late uncle Herbert George – a member of Port Stephens Council over 50 years ago – and I wanted to revitalise the neglected park and bring it back to life.
“This park has been visited by thousands of people throughout the years and continues to be enjoyed for family celebrations, weddings, Easter, Christmas, Australia Day and events all year round,” she said.
“I had previously sourced funding for picnic facilities upgrades which are complete and now I’m thrilled that George Reserve will be completely refurbished with the latest upgrades.
“Port Stephens Council have now demolished the old amenities block, ready to build a new modern facility to improve safety and accessibility for all and will also be upgrading the swing set.
“I am so proud as a long term resident of Port Stephens to see this historic park rejuvenated and I hope it will bring enjoyment to everyone for many years to come,” she said.
Works are funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program phase 2 and PS2020 funds.
Construction of the new amenities is expected to take 12 weeks for completion. There will be no public amenities available during this time.