Snake Pit upgrade welcomed

Londonderry MP Prue Car with Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown
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The St Marys community will soon be able to have a BBQ in the shade at Monfarville Reserve’s ‘Snake Pit’ skate bowl.

$35,000 worth of upgrades will be made possible through the Londonderry electorate’s allocation of funding in the Community Building Partnership program.

Accepting a cheque for the works last week, Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said she was delighted this funding was secured to improve the area for locals.

“The reason we submitted this application was because there had been quite a strong push from local residents to renew that area,” she said.

“Our community is an active, adventurous one and as such are always striving to improve our parks and reserves. This funding is most welcome for this popular reserve.”

Upgrades for the area will include new seating, shelters and BBQs, that Cr McKeown said is urgently needed.

“It is used by the community a lot, especially during the school holidays and on weekends, so revitalising that area will reactivate the area,” she said.

“We can see it is in desperate need of an upgrade. Residents will soon be able to relax, sit and watch. Parents can take their kids down and have a skate, and even go down for a picnic and use the new BBQs.”

Cr McKeown said the costings have already been done, but Council will contribute to the project if there are any unforeseen blow outs.

“It will all be on hold until the New Year and then it will be full steam ahead and Council will put together a project plan,” she said.

“We’re hoping this will run to plan and come to fruition sooner rather than later.”

State Member for Londonderry, Prue Car presented the $35,000 to Cr McKeown at the skate park, that was riddled with graffiti.

“This much needed funding will be provided to Penrith City Council to improve the skate bowl as well as provide seating and other amenities,” she said.

“This is a huge win for local families and clubs who use the park, particularly on weekends.”

The funding is just a fraction of the $300,000 worth of projects granted to the Londonderry electorate under the Community Building Partnership program.

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