19 March 2019
Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper
Boost for Urunga’s award winning Riverside Holiday Resort
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced a $950,000 federal government grant for a big expansion of Urunga’s award winning Riverside Holiday Resort.
The grant, from the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund, is a contribution to the nearly $3 million project that will increase the number of self-contained units at the complex from 30 to 38. The funds will also help build better parking, storage, and office facilities.
In the NSW Tourism awards last year the Rosalie Stollery designed resort won first place for the quality of its self-contained units.
Mr Hartsuyker said the project was a great boost for the resort which is a major contributor to the Urunga economy. He especially praised the Federation of Community Sporting and Working Clubs, which runs the resort, for the emphasis it will continue to place on making its facilities more accessible to disabled holiday makers.
Two of the eight units to be built will be wheelchair friendly. Several units at the resort are already wheelchair accessible, which is in addition to a hydro-lift at the pool, and interconnected pathways that make it easy for wheel-chair bound guests to enjoy the boardwalk and spectacular ocean views at Hungry Head.
“This emphasis was undoubtedly a big factor in the success of the application for financial support,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “Urunga is a great holiday destination for anybody, with all the recreational opportunities the area offers, but it is commendable when a business takes into account special needs.”
Ken Conway, CEO of the Federation, said local labour and supplies would be used in the upgrade, as was the case with previous construction at the resort, and the expansion would generate several full time equivalent jobs when complete.
He thanked Mr Hartsuyker for supporting the application that led to the funding.
“We are very proud of the product we are offering, and of the emphasis we put on making the experience of a holiday in Urunga accessible to all.”
The NSW Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, said the Resort already has an enviable reputation among operators and visitors.
“The expansion will grow that reputation even further and the flow-on effect of more staff and more visitors will support Urunga’s business community.”