Better exercise and recreation facilities for all ages are coming to Scone, thanks to a $40,805 grant from the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) announced by Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen recently.
Upper Hunter Shire Council successfully applied for the grant and will implement the Murray Bain Oval Rejuvenation Project on the Council owned land.
The upgrade will include installing outdoor exercise equipment and more seating, an improved toilet block with disability access, lighting, and painting the existing goal posts.
Young people will be invited to get involved with Scone Youth Centre to create a new mural at the existing canteen.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the new facilities would benefit existing sporting users but also families, young people and older residents at the neighbouring Scone Village.
“Council is creating a more useable and welcoming space at Murray Bain Oval,” Cr Bedggood said.
“It’s the only sporting field on the eastern side of Scone, is in a quiet residential area with minimal traffic and close to a range of low cost and social housing. It is a good location for walking and other low impact recreation for all ages.
“Families with younger children and older residents will be encouraged to use a space that is more accessible, feels safer and more attractive.
“Sensor lighting will mean residents will be able to use the equipment and facilities during the evening.
“Additional seating will be placed around the gym equipment so parents can supervise their children and be involved in their play. In the future there is potential for Council to offer recreation and exercise programs for older residents and all-ages, all-abilities activities at Murray Bain Oval.
The oval is named after the late Murray Bain of Scone, an accomplished veterinary surgeon particularly in thoroughbred breeding techniques.
Council hopes to celebrate the opening of the new facilities in August 2017.
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Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.