I welcome the NSW Government announcement to increase open spaces and inclusive playgrounds in Heathcote. This follows the $120 million funding injection from the Government to make communities across the state more liveable and green.

We’ve heard the communities’ call to improve liveability and we are acting. The NSW Government has committed $100 million to secure strategic open green space while also setting aside an extra $20 million to build new and upgraded inclusive playgrounds.

Having access to green open space is a crucial ingredient in making communities thriving and enjoyable places to live. We are a Government that cares about its community and that’s why we want to ensure open space, parks, outdoor recreation areas and play spaces are able to be enjoyed by everybody equally.

We are committed to not only creating the jobs and infrastructure our communities need, but also the vital open and green spaces so that families can have the best quality of life.

Our strong economic management means only a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government can invest in better local communities by creating more open space.

The $100 million commitment will allow the Government to identify and purchase land for public open space. An extra $20 million will go towards building new inclusive playgrounds in communities that currently do not have them, while also funding upgrades to playgrounds to ensure they have the most engaging and inclusive equipment.

Through strategic planning and the purchasing of land we will be able to deliver quality parks and playgrounds for kids to play or open space to walk the family dog.

The $20 million Everyone Can Play in NSW program will fund Councils by way of grants to renew, renovate or build new playgrounds.

The grant program will provide opportunities for Councils to construct new or renovate existing inclusive play spaces across all of NSW. In collaboration with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, areas of high priority for new play spaces will be identified and delivery will be realised in partnership with local Councils.