Forbes projects receive more than $700,000 in funding

Forbes will get a Ninja Park after funding announced on May 21. File photo for illustrative purposes only.
Forbes will get a Ninja Park after funding announced on May 21. File photo for illustrative purposes only.

Three Forbes projects, lighting for Spooner Oval, construction of a Ninja Park and a Jenny Murphy Park upgrade, will share in more than $700,000 in funding announced on May 21, 2020.

Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway announced over $730,000 from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) will be put towards the projects across the Forbes Shire Region.

Spooner Oval has been earmarked for $357,658 in funding.

All new lighting will be installed at the oval along with two adjacent training ovals in line with long term strategic planning developed with the Forbes community since 2017.

Consultation with the youth of Forbes as well as the broader community has identified a need to install a Ninja Park for the community and surrounding areas to utilise.

The installation, at a cost of $278,267, will encourage youth to participate in a physical activity promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being.

Having access to a facility such as a Ninja Park will encourage positive social relationships which would in turn reduces the negative impact on the community from at risk and disengaged youth. The installation of a Ninja Park would attract more visitors from surrounding areas to Forbes, having a positive impact on the local economy.

Forbes Shire Council in consultation with the community has identified that Jenny Murphy Park requires significant upgrades including more playground equipment and a larger soft fall area.

Council will receive $171,120 to carry out the work.

The park is accessible by three streets and will be a focal point for the area.

Jenny Murphy Park is currently used by Forbes Preschool to host a "pop up" preschool which allows children from disadvantaged families to come together, support each other, develop positive and healthy relationships. Other service providers such as Catholic Care also utilise the park to host pop up sessions where youth and families can access their required services.

"The Stronger Country Communities Fund is dedicated to grassroots projects in our regions that will have great positive impacts on communities for years to come," Mr Farraway said.

"In the last state election The Nationals made a promise that 50% of Round 3 funding would be spent on projects that will benefit regional youth and we are sticking to that promise.

"$100 million is being distributed across regional NSW, with communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects. Not only does this take a financial burden off community organisations and councils but it also provides positivity in those communities who have had to face fire, flood, drought and now COVID-19, "Mr Farraway said.

Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller OAM said the funding was "wonderful news".

"The community will be so excited to hear about this wonderful news," Cr MIller said.

"The upgrades to Spooner Oval, Jenny Murphy Park and a new Ninja Park will be used by such a broad section of our community. It has come at the most opportune moment given what our community have endured the past few years with the drought and now COVID-19, facilities such as these will be greatly received I'm sure.

"Forbes Council would like to thank Sam Farraway Duty MLC for the Orange electorate & Deputy Premier John Barilaro for making this happen," Cr Miller said.