Broken Hill’s nascent social and economic revival – underpinned by tourism and a new cobalt mine and production plant – has been given another boost.
The Broken Hill City Council last week approved tenders to set in train around $3.5 million worth of community projects, including a new skate park, sports lighting for several playing fields, and the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Park.
The city’s new $660,000 skate park will be designed and built by renowned international company CONVIC, while Broken Hill firm Mathew Barratt Electrical was successful in its bid to deliver Council’s $1.15 million sports lighting project to equip Alma Oval and two soccer ovals with new LED lighting.
Joss Pty Ltd won the $1.5 million tender for the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley said the three projects would have a profound impact on the city and increase its desirability as a centre to live and work.
“These projects mark some of the most significant spending on community infrastructure in many years and we’re extremely proud to be rolling them out,” said Cr Turley.
“The community has told us they want better sporting grounds and lighting, better parks, and better facilities for our youth, and these projects will deliver on all fronts.
“These new facilities will also increase the city’s liveability and improve our ability to attract and retain individuals and families who move to the region for employment.”
She thanked the NSW and Commonwealth governments for their contributions to the projects. These were delivered through the Stronger Country Communities Program, the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, and the Drought Communities Program (DCP) – Extension.