Critical works can now begin on a community led cross-border project that will inject much needed tourism dollars to NSW’s northern border region thanks to the Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund.


Local Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin announced the successful funding bid on our northern border by Kyogle Council and Water NSW.


Mr Franklin said the $330,000 from the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund will enable Toonumbar Water’s Retreat to once again draw tourists to a special part of the beautiful Northern Rivers region.


“This successful application to the Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund will bring more people to enjoy the swimming, fishing, boating, cycling and bird watching for which the area is famous,” Mr Franklin said.


“This region has really felt the impacts of natural disasters and border closures in the past few years and we welcome this project to bring people into our beautiful part of the world.


“The funding awarded to Toonumbar Waters Retreat will progress the critical repairs that paves the way to bringing tourists back to enjoy the rich natural beauty of the Northern Rivers.”


Mayor of Kyogle Shire Council Danielle Mulholland welcomed the funding.


“This investment in Toonumbar Waters Retreat will help activate this space as a desirable venue and maximise its potential use for the future,” Cr Mulholland said.


Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the $20 million Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund provides collaborative opportunities with other states to ensure our cross-border communities don’t miss out on much needed local infrastructure.


A special round of the Cross-Border Infrastructure Fund opens soon and applications will be welcome for projects located in local government areas of NSW and jurisdictions adjacent to a NSW border.