Everyone is busy, getting on with the job. So, here’s what’s been happening in the region.
Koala conservation has been given a boost with nearly 2000 hectares added to the region’s national parks.
The fulfilled pledge not only protects the longer-term future of the State’s iconic koala population, it’ll benefit other threatened species.
Some 1,382 hectares of the Mount Boss State Forest near Wauchope will be transferred to NPWS management to become known as the Kindee Creek State Conservation Area. This is high quality habitat for koalas, as well as the Masked and Sooty owls, the Glossy-black cockatoo, the Eastern pygmy possum and a number of threatened micro bats.
Importantly, it will bridge the gap between the relatively well represented coastal conservation reserves and the mountain habitats within the mid-elevation foothills country.
The other transfer will deliver 590 hectares from the Oakes State Forest, to Gumbaynggirr National Park, 35km west of Nambucca Heads.
Again, this region is known as high quality koala habitat, and also protects threatened species such as the Sphagnum frog and the Wompoo dove.
The transfers are part of the State-wide $45 million koala strategy announced in May, which includes the outright purchase of new lands as well as additions of state forest lands to the network of national parks reserves.
Less words, more action. That’s what people want from their MPs. And here’s the evidence – the delivery of school funding for Wauchope.
The upgrade of Wauchope Public School will:
• provide 13 new permanent teaching spaces
• increase the school’s enrolment capacity to approximately 750 students
• the design of the new classrooms will incorporate future-focused learning to support the needs of Wauchope students and their community and provide a learning-centred approach to education.
Investing in, and fighting for, the communities of the Mid North Coast is the number one focus. It’s delivering on a commitment to schools, children, teachers, families and communities.
The unprecedented bricks and mortar projects rolling out throughout the Mid North Coast are part of the NSW Government’s spending of $6 billion over four years. This will mean more than 170 new and upgraded schools and includes an additional $160 million spend in 2018/19 as part of the record $747 million maintenance investment announced last year.
This is the biggest bang-for-buck in public school infrastructure in the history of NSW and is in tandem with the colossal focus and investment in local youth services and mental health.
Getting on with the job of delivering in and around the Macleay Valley means Kempsey Shire Council has secured $1.3 million in funding from the NSW Government’s $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program.
The Crescent Head Water Treatment Plant project will support council construct a new water treatment plant – an important, long-awaited infrastructure project that will be of great benefit to the Crescent Head Community.
This funding enables council to start the tender process for the design and construction. When completed, the project will secure the access of reliable and affordable water infrastructure ensuring economic growth, and better environmental outcomes in the Macleay Valley.