EIGHT IN LINE
Community asked to rank Stronger priority projects
Berrigan Shire Council has earmarked eight projects that will be assessed for funding as part of the $788,000 it recently received from the Stronger Country Communities program.
Berrigan Shire residents will now be asked to rank the proposed projects in order of what they deem is the highest priority.
The projects — which include refurbishing, upgrading and expansion proposals — include Berrigan netball courts, Berrigan basketball courts, Finley Showgrounds, Finley Skatepark, Tocumwal Li- brary, Tocumwal Pathway on Barooga Rd, a stage at Barooga Botanical Gardens, and Barooga Foreshore Playground.
Council director of corporate services Matt Hansen said any of the projects that don’t receive funding this year may be eligible next year.
Mayor Matt Hannan said he wants to see all towns benefiting from the state government funding.
‘‘I want to make it clear that we are going to do priority projects and not new projects.
‘‘The online survey is the best way for the community to provide guidance to the council about how the Stronger Country Communities money will be spent.
‘‘I encourage everyone to go to the council website and complete the survey.’’
Mr Hansen said council hopes to complete all eight projects across two years.
He said it may also require council applying for more funding to finish some of the projects, with grants of up to $1.5m available.
“If only three or four projects are funded this year then the others will be at the top of the list for next year’s funding,’’ Mr Hansen said.
‘‘It’s possible we will receive bonus funding next year, if not all is spent then that can carry over.
‘‘However, we haven’t received that in writing but we have been told there will be a round two.’’
Residents are asked to complete a survey available on the council’s website www.berriganshire.nsw.gov.au to assist in prioritising these projects.