Oaklands, Coreen, Colombo Creek, Urana, Rennie, Mulwala, Rand and Howlong are expected to be certain recipients of $3.6 million in funding grants from Round 2 of Federation Council’s Stronger Country Communities Grants, to be announced in August.
But some other grant applications among the total of 16 submitted last Friday by council to the NSW Government are expected to be successful.
The request by Oaklands Recreation Ground Committee for replacement of change-rooms and toilet facilities heads the list (see table below).
The order of application priority for 16 local projects was unanimously agreed to by Federation Council at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, May 1.
Bids by councils closed last Friday, May 4. Successful applications will be announced in August.
Council’s decision follows consultation with the community throughout Federation Council area after receiving funding allocation advice of $3.6 million for Round 2 on March 2.
Half of the funding allocation ($1.8 million) must be allocated to sport and recreational infrastructure, and projects must be a minimum value of $50,000.
Not all 16 projects are likely to be approved. “The current total estimated value of the applications is almost $4,500,000 which means that council will be requesting approximately $900,000 more than the possible $3,600,000 funding allocation,” council’s Director Corporate and Community Services Kristy Kay said.
“As a result, some of the applications being put forward are unlikely to be successful.”
Corowa has the most bids, with five applications ranked nine, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and could only, at this point in time, feel reasonably confident with two.
Urana is most likely to achieve the best result with its three bids listed four, 10 and 11. The Urana Ski and Aquatic Committee has proposed the use of $230,000 in council reserve funding as partnership funding for the Urana Aquatic Centre Pedestrian Bridge project.
“These funds were originally from the Yuluma Bus Committee which investigated the opportunity to establish a multi-purpose complex in 2014 when it placed these funds in trust with Urana Shire Council for this purpose,” Ms Kay explained.
“The Urana Aquatic Committee has proposed the use of $55,300 in council reserve funding towards Urana Aquatic Centre Pedestrian Bridge. These funds were being held by Urana Shire Council for improvements to the Aquatic Centre and helping to secure the water supply to the lake.”
Rennie Recreation Reserve Trust & Rennie Football Netball Club can feel confident with its number 5 ranking for replacement of existing lighting with LED lights.
At council’s extraordinary meeting, Cr Paul Miegel acted as mayor in place of Mayor Pat Bourke who declared a pecuniary interest; Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch was absent. Cr Miegel referred to “the very short time frame” for submission of bids to the NSW Government.
“It shows how up and about the communities of Federation Council are,” he said. “The process was fairly rigorous to come up with a priority list.”
Interim General Manager Adrian Butler praised council staff whom he said “worked very hard to meet the government deadline requirements”.
“It’s a terrific result that council’s been able to come to this conclusion,” Mr Butler said. “It’s not a popularity contest between one and 18.”
Cr Andrew Kennedy congratulated council staff in “putting these applications together”. “It’s a very daunting task. Probably all applications deserved funding. The funding is spread far and wide.”
Two other projects, including one for an upgrade of Max Kirwin Ski Park Mulwala, are still live grant applications and subject to the Grant Application Appeal process.
The ski park upgrade includes development of internal roads, upgrade of toilet facilities to improve accessibility, construction of a multi-purpose facility with kitchen, storage, viewing deck, judges’ offices and provision of shade. The other project is for an irrigation upgrade for Corowa Golf Course.
The Mulwala and Corowa projects are ranked 17 and 18 respectively.
The projects in order of application priority
1.Replace changerooms and toilet facilities at Oaklands Recreation Ground.
2. Reconstruct netball and tennis Court at Coreen Recreation Reserve.
3. New toilet facilities at Colombo Creek Ski Park.
4. Construct multi-purpose sports complex at Urana Aquatic Leisure Centre.
5. Replace lighting at Rennie Recreation Reserve with LED lights.
6. Replace Lonsdale Reserve Playground and install shade sail.
7. Rand Sports Ground Community Facility upgrades.
8. Refurbish Howlong Tennis Clubrooms.
9. Renew netball court and reclad sections of Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club.
10. Construct 30m pedestrian bridge to join existing tracks at Urana Aquatic Centre.
11. Resurface Urana Tennis courts.
12. Construct multi-purpose building at Corowa Cricket Club.
13. Refurbish Corowa Rowing Club.
14. Refurbish and upgrade Corowa Civic Bowling Club amenities.
15. Corowa High School oval drainage, extension of irrigation and new grass surface.
16. Corowa Swimming Pool renewal - construction of splash park
17. Upgrade of Max Kirwin Water Ski Park Mulwala.
18. Corowa Golf Course irrigation upgrade.