Status of council’s $15M

August 23, 2017

Federation Council still has some $1,355,410 unallocated from $5M for council amalgamation costs as reported at council’s last monthly meeting yesterday before council election day on September 9.

There are also unallocated funds of at least $211,787 from the $10M project funding from the NSW Government for the former Corowa and Urana Shires agreeing to merge.
Up to $1M was available through a Stronger Community Grant Program in grants of up to $50,000
and $9M for major projects, plus $5M for amalgamation actions, also from the NSW Government.
“In 2016-17, almost all of the $10 million in Stronger Communities Funding ($9,788,214) was allocated to 31 community-based projects in two grant rounds and 15 major projects,” Federation Council’s General Manager Chris Gillard said.
“Ten of the 31 community projects are complete whilst all others are on track except for one project (Urana Youth Adventure and Skate Park).”
He said cost savings of $4,965 had been made on four of the ten completed community projects due to council’s buying power and request for additional quotations, an initial over estimation of costs and exclusion of GST.
“There is therefore an opportunity to reinvest these funds back into the program to provide contingencies for projects that encounter unexpected issues and/or to combine these with unallocated funds ($211,787) to offer a third round grant,” the General Manager said.
At the end of 2016/17, nine of the 18 Round 1 projects have been completed with final reports to council as follows:

* Urana Bowling Club - new kitchen
* Oaklands Recreation Ground Committee - netball/tennis fencing
* Corowa Rugby Club - clubroom improvements
* Corowa District Landcare - renewable energy forum
* Corowa District Historical Society - upgrade security at Corowa Federation Museum
* Yarrawonga Mulwala Historical Society - improve heating and cooling, and lighting at Pioneer Museum Mulwala.
Projects completed and final reports pending:
* Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club - construction of new netball court
* Howlong Football Club - clubroom upgrade
* Tunzafun Amusement Park Mulwala - solar panels.
At the end of 2016/17, 11 of the 13 grant agreements for Round 2 projects have been received by council and one project - recarpeting the Urana Court House Museum - has been completed. “Twenty-five per cent of the $293,680 has been dispersed. Round 2 projects are due for completion in May 2018,” Mr Gillard advised.
“Of the 15 major projects, nine were prioritised to commence in 2017 and are underway.” These are:

* Corowa RSL Park  Renewal
* Corowa Bangerang Park Renewable
* Corowa Skate Park
* Howlong Skate Park
* Corowa Golf Club Cinema
* Victorian Park Urana Redevelopment
*Oaklands Medical Centre
* Corowa Swimming Pool
* Kyffins Reserve Improvements Mulwala.

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