Media release | 10 May 2021
The NSW Government is investing $1.5 million to help transform an historic police cottage on the banks of the Nepean River in Emu Plains into a restaurant or café.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government has appointed Penrith City Council as Crown land manager of the beautiful riverside site and provided funding to restore this 113-year old building.
“We have allocated $1.5 million from the COVID-19 stimulus program to help the council restore the historic former police cottage on the reserve and turn it into a café or restaurant,” Mr Ayres said.
“The police station and residence was built in 1908 and functioned until 1921 with the residence continuing to be used for police officers until the 1950s.
“Now 70 years later it will be transformed into a restaurant or café on the beautiful banks of the Nepean River for all the community to enjoy.”
Mr Ayres said the COVID-19 stimulus program was funding improvements to Crown land reserves across the State.
“The stimulus program supports the upgrade of projects on Crown reserves to improve public spaces and infrastructure, such as museums, historic buildings and showgrounds, while supporting local jobs and economies,” Mr Ayres said.
“Green spaces and recreational facilities are critical for the health of communities by providing quality places where people can relax, exercise, play and enjoy the natural environment.”
Penrith City Council Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the old Police Cottage is a key element in the greater upgrade of the Regatta Park precinct and, Penrith City Council will contribute an extra $1 million on top of the funding from the NSW Government announced earlier this year.
“The old Police Cottage will be restored and repurposed as a waterfront dining venue for locals and visitors to enjoy while preserving the historic cottage for years into the future,” Clr Hitchen said.