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first_imgPenrith City Council joins NSW government in upgrading historic Emu Plains police cottage The NSW Government is investing $1.5 million to help transform an historic police cottage on the banks of the Nepean River in Emu Plains into a restaurant or café.Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government has appointed Penrith City Council as Crown land manager of the beautiful riverside site and provided funding to restore this 113-year old building.“We have allocated $1.5 million from the COVID-19 stimulus program to help the council restore the historic former police cottage on the reserve and turn it into a café or restaurant,” Mr Ayres said.“The police station and residence was built in 1908 and functioned until 1921 with the residence continuing to be used for police officers until the 1950s.“Now 70 years later it will be transformed into a restaurant or café on the beautiful banks of the Nepean River for all the community to enjoy.”Mr Ayres said the COVID-19 stimulus program was funding improvements to Crown land reserves across the State.“The stimulus program supports the upgrade of projects on Crown reserves to improve public spaces and infrastructure, such as museums, historic buildings and showgrounds, while supporting local jobs and economies,” Mr Ayres said.“Green spaces and recreational facilities are critical for the health of communities by providing quality places where people can relax, exercise, play and enjoy the natural environment.”Penrith City Council Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the old Police Cottage is a key element in the greater upgrade of the Regatta Park precinct and, Penrith City Council will contribute an extra $1 million on top of the funding from the NSW Government announced earlier this year.“The old Police Cottage will be restored and repurposed as a waterfront dining venue for locals and visitors to enjoy while preserving the historic cottage for years into the future,” Clr Hitchen said. Artist impressions of what the revamped cottage will look like as a dining venue /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, community, council, covid-19, Emu Plains, environment, exercise, future, Government, industry, infrastructure, jobs, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, Penrith, police, quality, restaurantlast_img read more