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Upgrade makes Narellan urban forest safe for all

Narellan’s very own urban forest is now a safe place for everybody to visit following a major upgrade.

Located next to Narellan Library, the urban forest playground area had become a popular location for young residents.

Council and local police joined forces to make improvements needed to make Narellan urban forest a safe and welcoming place for everybody.

Camden Local Area Command crime coordinator, Sergeant Phil Gornall, said the collaboration between council and local police made an immediate impact.

 “Prior to the improvements it was identified as an area with antisocial behaviour as an issue,” Sgt Gornall said.

 “The collaboration between council taking up the improvements and police working together has had an instant effect.

“Narellan urban forest has always been a spot for kids to enjoy after school whether it is to play on the equipment, do their homework or read a book and it is great to see it is back to being an enjoyable space for the whole community to use.”   

Improvements works recently completed included increased lighting, channel works, vegetation improvements, installation of a footpath from Narellan Library carpark to the library forecourt with lighting and vegetation improvements around the footpath.

 Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli said residents should take advantage of the beautiful location with all its improvements.

A view of Narellan urban forest before the completion of the upgrade to make it safer.

 “Council is dedicated to providing public spaces for our residents to experience the great outdoors in the area,” Cr Fedeli said.

 “The increase in lighting in and around this area has enhanced visibility, creating a safer environment for residents.

 “These works are of great benefit to the entire community.”

 The $235,000 project was funded through the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

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