Camden Council's COVID-19 support package to include playground upgrades

Camden Council has announced everything coming as a part of its extensive stage three COVID-19 community support package.

The $113 million stage will include playground upgrades, extended walking tracks, grants, post-Covid events, outdoor dining in Camden and more.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli pointed residents, businesses and visitors to Council's website for more information.

"With so much committed as part of the $113 million third stage, we understand the information might be a little hard to digest," Cr Fedeli said.

"That's why we've created a specific webpage on council's website that's dedicated to explaining what's on offer.

"We've separated it into six different categories - infrastructure, events, grants and financial assistance, local employment, programs and city beautification - so you can read more about what interests you. You'll also be able to see when these projects will begin."

The projects and initiatives set to begin by the end of the next financial year include:

  • Upgrades to, and replacement of, play equipment at the McCrae Drive Playground, at Ron Dine Reserve; Macarthur Park; Yandel'Ora Reserve; Tredinnick Park in Harrington Park; and Royal George Drive playground in Harrington Park
  • Building repairs and internal finishes to the amenities building at Jack Nash Reserve
  • General playground upgrade and renewal works at Pomaderris Reserve in Mount Annan, Glenlee Reserve in Narellan Vale and Parkside Reserve in Currans Hill
  • The installation of shade sails to improve existing parks and playgrounds, with locations to be confirmed
  • The extension of the walking track at Camden's Bicentennial Equestrian Park
  • Improvements to the grandstand, amenities and seating at Onslow Oval, Camden
  • Upgrades to the spa, sauna and steam area at Mount Annan Leisure Centre
  • Caravan effluent dump point and associated works, with location to be confirmed
  • A post-COVID Event Program, to get people out and about
  • Outdoor Dining Acceleration in Camden Town Centre, where council will undertake designs and pre-approval for all outdoor dining which will expedite the application and approval process and much more

Cr Fedeli said she was incredibly pleased with stage three.

"Council has made this commitment on top of our existing service delivery," she said.

"This includes the $178 million Capital Works Program, as part of council's 2020-21 Budget which, in itself, delivers significant improvements and projects to the Camden area.

"We want to make our community proud, happy and secure, and we believe this package does a lot for this cause. We can all look forward to an exciting few years ahead."

The recovery phase as a whole includes 65 projects and initiatives to be delivered across the next four years.

Stage Three is focused on infrastructure, events, grants and financial assistance, local employment, programs, and city beautification, the economic impacts are estimated to be substantial.

Cr Fedeli said economic modelling has determined stage three will:

  • Raise output in Camden by between $174 million and $195 million over 2020-21 to 2024-25
  • Support between 355 and 437 new full-time equivalent jobs
  • Contribute between $76.1 million and $89.4 million to Camden's GRP.