Blue Mountains News

Waiting for Liberals’ $1.3 Million Knapsack Park Funding

Source: S. Templeman, MP
Archived 11 Nov 2019 - Posted: 13 Sep 2019
Pictured: Macquarie MP, Susan Templeman and Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill at Knapsack Park, Glenbrook
The Federal Government is being urged to speed up delivery of a $1.3 million promise so that Knapsack Park’s carpark and club house upgrade can go ahead.

Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman and Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill said the Morrison Government had made commitments to deliver the funding so that an existing plan to upgrade the Park could be fast-tracked, but that three months on, no funding had been forthcoming.

“During the Federal election campaign, Federal Labor and Liberal committed $1.3million to fast track a planned upgrade of Knapsack Oval carpark and club house,” Ms Templeman said.

“I wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Michael McCormack in June, seeking assurances this and other funding commitments made by the Liberal candidate and Government representatives during the campaign, would be honoured.

“I received a reply this month which tells me that funding for various projects may not be delivered until as late at 2026,” Ms Templeman said.

“The clear impression given by the Liberal candidate’s media release was the funding would be made available so the project would “be completed in one go”.

“Fast forward to August 2019 and it’s a very different story coming from the Morrison Government.

“The letter from Minister McCormack gives no timeline for delivering the promised funding, other than to say it will be provided under the Community Development Grants Programme for projects that are scheduled for completion and final payment before 30 June 2026,” Ms Templeman said.

“It’s very disappointing for everyone involved because they were really expecting the upgrade to happen almost immediately.

Mayor Greenhill said he was yet to receive a response to a Mayoral Minute, also from June calling for the Government to provide the promised funds.

“The Club and community were led to believe that federal funding of $1.3 million would be made available so we could complete the upgrade sooner than if we were doing it under Council’s budgeted timeline,” Cr Greenhill said.

“Blue Mountains City Council allocated funds in its 2019/20 and 2020/21 budget to complete the work in two stages, but we were all led to believe the $1.3 million federal funding would be made available earlier so the project could be completed in one hit.

“We need a quick resolution on the funding arrangements so we can get on with this important project, within the timelines expected by the community. Right now the messages coming back from the Federal Government are unclear and this concerns me because the promise was that their commitment would fast track that which council had said it would fund.

“The carpark and clubhouse upgrades are shovel ready and can start almost immediately, if the $1.3 million is provided.  If the Federal Government doesn’t make good on its promise, Council will still go ahead with the upgrade in two stages as planned.”

 
Blue Mountains Ugg Boots - Busy 'B' Enterprises Blue Mountains Ugg Boots - Busy Blue Mountains Ugg Boots - Busy Blue Mountains Ugg Boots - Busy 'B' Enterprises

Recent News

Mayors Take Stand Against Lack of Leadership on Climate Change
Mayors Take Stand Against Lack of Leadership on Climate Change
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has signed a statement with other...
Businesses to be Recognised in the New Earth Friendly Advocate Program
Businesses to be Recognised in the New Earth Friendly Advocate Program
Blue Mountains Youth Council has launched a new program to motivate an...
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Forum
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Forum
Wentworth Healthcare are working with Nepean Blue Mountains LHD to develop...
Rockpool’s Bavarian Restaurants Give Away 3,400 Chicken Schnitzels Across the Country
Rockpool’s Bavarian Restaurants Give Away 3,400 Chicken Schnitzels Across the Country
Rockpool’s Bavarian restaurants serve up a legendary summer menu
Give...

What's New

High Tea @ Lindsay's. Sun 15 Dec
High Tea @ Lindsay's. Sun 15 Dec
Lindsay's Cafe Lindsay's at the Norman Lindsay Gallery. Christmas High Tea - Sun Dec 15. Open 7 days for hot breakfasts, coffee & lunch
Get in quick for a mountains Christmas!
Get in quick for a mountains Christmas!
Hotel Mountain Heritage It's filling fast but you can still book you spot for a delicious Christmas lunch or dinner at Mountain Heritage!
Beauty services at your door
Beauty services at your door
Glamour & Elegance Mobile Beauty Pamper Events-Hens/bridal-Corporate-Kids Parties-Couples-Weddings-Ladies Pamper-Mothers Groups-Vouchers-
Summer sale now on!
Summer sale now on!
Kilbeggan Cottage Book before Christmas to stay any time at Kilbeggan Cottage and enjoy 25% the usual rates. Yay!
Spa, BBQ, Dishwasher, garden & more
Spa, BBQ, Dishwasher, garden & more
Blue Gum House Stay a weekend $480 for 2 adults, linen provided to the price, + 30 per additional adult & child per night,
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Complimentary Dinner?View Eagle View Escape »