$2.2m upgrade promised for Penrose Park

Penrose Park is in line for a $2.2 million upgrade, announced during a visit from Land and Water Minister Kevin Anderson, and aimed at delivering new and improved amenities.

The iconic spot, less than 30 minutes drive from Broken Hill, gets over 3000 bookings a year for both its powered and unpowered camp sites, bunk houses, ensuite cabins and cottage.

The upgrade will deliver a new amenities block with showers and toilets and will also include improvements to wheelchair accessibility.

The caretaker’s cottage will be reclad and will also get a new roof and downpipes to better protect it from the weather.

Electrical and water upgrades will include new power and water connections to powered sites, new piping, septic tanks and sewage treatment plant, fire hydrants and hose reels, and new electrical switchboard and distribution boards.

Caretaker of the park, Terina Cowdrey, said the planned upgrades would be a welcome addition and would undoubtedly boost park visits.

“These planned improvements are very positive and will help us attract and host more overnight stays and also make the park better for day visitors, bringing more people to Silverton for tourism,” Ms Cowdrey said.

Minister Anderson says he is a huge fan of the park.

“How good is it? I love it. It is a very nice spot out there,” he told reporters at the announcement this week.

“To upgrade those facilities is important. It’s magnificent, it’s a great spot. I think it’s a hidden gem and we encourage people to go out there. If you are thinking of camping, get out to Penrose Park,” Mr Anderson said.

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