Caragabal families and visitors to the village will soon be able to play in the shade at its only park thanks to a 50/50 grant secured by the Nationals’ Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack.
Weddin Shire Mayor Clr Mark Liebich said “This is great news for Caragabal, particularly families with young children as they will be able to play safely without being directly exposed to the sun’s UV rays,
“We are thrilled to receive funding for this project through Round 3 of the Federal Government’s Stronger Community Program.”
Mr McCormack said the Liberals and Nationals’ Government would meet half the cost of Weddin Shire Council building shade sails over play equipment in Caragabal which is estimated to cost $28,490 with $14,245 being allocated to the project through the program.
“The shade sails will improve sun safety for youngsters playing on the equipment and the adults caring for them,” Mr McCormack said.
“The sails will also extend the life of the equipment, because exposure to the weather shortens its life.” Mr McCormack said he hoped the shaded play equipment would attract more people to the park and add to the amenity of Caragabal. “Caragabal will have a sun smart place for its residents to enjoy,” Mr McCormack said.
Mr McCormack concluded saying Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Program had resulted in $150,000 being granted for 14 projects in the Riverina and Central West.