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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Leading into Bathurst is Cousens Park. A green space well used by fitness enthusiasts and as an access point to walking tracks along Macquarie River and the old Denison Bridge that connects the city to Berry Park and the Hockey Complex.

Being such a popular place, the infrastructure and equipment has been well used over the years. The current picnic tables and shelters are weathered and worn out.

Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has secured $25,000 from the Community Building Partnership program to complete an upgrade of the park’s facilities.

The upgrade will include upgraded picnic facilities complete with shelters for shade.

Mr Toole said the upgrades will be delivered by Bathurst Regional Council.

“I am pleased to see $25,000 from the Community Building Partnership fund to be passed onto Bathurst Regional Council to deliver better facilities for our city,” he said.

“It’s the perfect time of year to be outside enjoying the summer weather and catching up with friends and family over a picnic at one of our great parks.”

Bathurst Mayor Robert Taylor welcomed the funding announcement.

“Our parks and gardens provide the community and visitors with space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The upgraded facilities will enhance Cousens Park which features an outdoor exercise station and the picnic area.”

The Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 18,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009. Applications for the 2023 Program open in May 2023.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit


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