The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, today announced $1,678,850 has been awarded to Kempsey Shire Council for a major upgrade of the Stuarts Point Foreshore under the NSW Government’s $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

Mrs Pavey said the funding will revitalise the Stuarts Point Foreshore helping to attract vital tourism dollars for Oxley and create more new jobs for the Macleay Valley.

“This exciting and much-needed funding will transform Stuarts Point for both locals and tourists,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Currently, recreational facilities and infrastructure in the foreshore area are out of date or in poor condition, and the area is under-utilised.

“This significant funding means we can continue to promote the area’s beauty and make sure it continues to be known as a major regional tourism destination.”

Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell said the need for upgrades to the Stuarts Point foreshore was identified by the community and supported by Council as a priority project in its 2018/19 Operating Plan.

“This much needed funding will make the Stuarts Point foreshore even more appealing as one of the Macleay’s best holiday destinations which should give a real boost for local tourism and retail businesses,” Cr Campbell said.

“I’d like to thank the NSW Government, particularly our local Member Melinda Pavey, for supporting Council to make this project a reality for residents and visitors to Stuarts Point.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project is one of 33 projects that will be funded in regional NSW as part of the first round of the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

“Tourism in regional NSW supports thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to the NSW economy,” Mr Barilaro said.

“A record 852,500 international visitors stayed in regional NSW in the year to December 2017, and between them they spent a whopping $1.05 billion in our regions.”

For more information about the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism fund visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-environment-and-tourism-fund/