Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas with Macedon Ranges Shire Council representatives and Romsey Ecotherapy Park volunteers.

Romsey will soon have a completed multipurpose nature park, following the announcement of a $615,000 State Government grant.

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is being delivered in three stages, with the final stage adding a Woodland Ramble and space to encourage nature play, including a hut building frame that will complement the climbing forest for older children and adults.

Other features of the park being delivered under stage two include a sensory space, and an arts and culture area that will be accessible for the community to use.

Construction on the project is due to begin in June this year and is expected to create 12 jobs.

Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas visited Romsey yesterday to announce the grant from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.

The government has already investing $718,000 for stage two through the Regional Development Priorities 2019-2020 Fund and $200,000 through Pick My Project for stage one, bringing the total government investment to $1.53 million.

The stimulus round will boost economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.

The second round of the fund’s program is due to open to councils for applications from June 16.Ms Thomas said she was thrilled to be supporting a long-held community vision.

“This has been one of my favourite projects in the Macedon Ranges and is all about ensuring Romsey locals have a beautiful public space to meet and connect in, as well as attracting visitors to Romsey from further afield,” she said.

“Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard to make this project a reality – it’s been wonderful to be on this journey with you and witness the dream come to fruition.”

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