Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that the NSW Government will provide $1.5 million to help fund the historic former Police Cottage in Emu Plains as part of its COVID-19 stimulus program.
Stuart Ayres said the funding would assist Penrith City Council to completely restore the dilapidated building and reimagine it as a commercial café and restaurant to add to the River Road Reserve precinct.
“This $1.5 million funding is great news for the local community as it allows an important piece of our local policing history to be preserved and reactivated for future generations,” Mr Ayres said.
“The old Police Cottage will be given a new lease of life as a quality waterfront venue for visitors to dine in or just enjoy a coffee while overlooking the beautiful Nepean River.”
“Adding the upgraded Police Cottage to the Yandhai Nepean Crossing, Emu Hall, the Log Cabin rebuild and City Deal funded Regatta Park redevelopment is creating a fantastic precinct for local residents and a wonderful destination for visitors.”
A police station and residence was originally erected in 1908 and functioned until 1921. The residence continued to be used for officers until the 1950s before being rented out as a private residence until 2015.
Penrith City Council has lodged a development application to restore the heritage-listed cottage as part of broader plans to activate the riverfront and Regatta Park Precincts.
Mr Ayres said the investment would fund a complete restoration including new roofing, guttering and downpipes; rebuilt verandas; window and door repairs; modern wiring, security and air conditioning; and a commercial kitchen.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the new $16.5 million Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program would fund upgrades to Crown land and community facilities.
“The last 12 months has taught us the importance of green open space and creating public places where people can safely meet, congregate and relax,”
“It makes good sense that by improving Crown land and public infrastructure we could make better use of the assets we already had to create more open space.
“As well, these projects will support local jobs and economies with work for tradespeople and materials suppliers.” Mr Stokes said.