Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $400,000 in funding to breathe new life into community and local sporting facilities across the Wallerawang/Portland area.

By partnering with the NSW Government, Lithgow City Council will be able to build and complete two brand new skate parks for both Portland and Wallerawang.

Mr Toole said, "The funding is a direct response to community needs within the two towns"

"The old skate parks at both Wallerawang and Portland have aged poorly, and some skaters have gone to the length of travelling to Lithgow or Bathurst to get their fitness fix"

"Funding towards new facilities would reduce the need for travel, and promote youth physical activity in the two towns". Mr Toole Said.

"These skate parks will ensure the youth of those communities will have something to do after school, on weekends and during school holidays. This $400,000 investment for these projects across the two communities will include:

 $200,000 towards a new skate park on Kremer Park, Portland.

 $200,000 towards a new skate park on Tweedie St, Wallerawang.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the announcement is one to be proud of.

"I congratulate the community of Lithgow for raising this project as one needed by the community, the Council for supporting it and the local member, Paul Toole, for making it happen" he said.