Member for Manly, James Griffin has welcomed the allocation of $400,00 for improvements to three local parks.

The funding has come from the NSW Government’s Local Small Commitment Allocation (LSCA) Program.

The Program seeks to benefit local communities and councils through a range of capital works, services and programs.

Mr Griffin said, “The funding supports events, supplies and equipment, charitable donations, and playground and park upgrades.


“In the Manly Electorate, each of the three parks will receive customised improvements.”

  • Ivanhoe Park, Manly - $100,000 towards the demolition of a disused kindergarten building and adjoining playground within the Botanic Gardens area.
  • Swaine Reserve, Balgowlah - $50,000 to increase the amenity of the Reserve for local residents. The work will include clearing overgrown vegetation, new edging, paths and park furniture.
  • Michaela Howie Playground, Dee Why - $250,000 will contribute to a major upgrade of the playground and surrounding parkland. The project aims to provide a more inclusive and challenging playground for children aged 0-8, with a surf and beach theme.

Mr Griffin said the funding has been allocated to Northern Beaches Council, which will oversee the work.

“Each project will make a valuable contribution to improving the amenity of our area for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.

“The improvements should encourage greater outdoor activity, which we know can promote a range of benefits, including, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“When complete, I hope many will take advantage of the upgraded facilities,” Mr Griffin said.