Red-let­ter day for Fed­er­a­tion

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

It was a huge red-let­ter day for Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil on Tues­day, May 16 with a won­der­ful re­sult be­cause of the for­mer coun­cils of Corowa and Urana agree­ing, al­beit re­luc­tantly at first, to amal­ga­mate.

‘Amal­ga­mate and $10 mil­lion is yours, plus $5 mil­lion for amal­ga­ma­tion costs’ was the mes­sage and bait dan­gled by the NSW State Gov­ern­ment last year.

“Un­like the Vic­to­rian State Gov­ern­ment, the NSW State Gov­ern­ment handed out money to coun­cils which agreed to amal­ga­mate - in our case $10 mil­lion for projects plus $5 mil­lion for merger costs,” Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden said.

Mr Eden ex­pects some $2 mil­lion to remain un­spent with those amal­ga­ma­tion costs which will be wel­comed by the newly elected Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil in Septem­ber.

Corowa Civic Cen­tre’s coun­cil cham­ber room was over­flow­ing on May 16, with key rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area hear­ing the great news first-hand from Mr Eden and coun­cil’s Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Gil­lard re­gard­ing fund­ing for their pro­posed projects.

About $9 mil­lion for 15 projects was al­lo­cated, as part of coun­cil’s Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ma­jor Projects Fund.

A fur­ther $293,680 was al­lo­cated to 13 projects through­out Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil via coun­cil’s Round 2 of Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions of projects’ costs were con­trib­uted by coun­cil. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who have worked very hard for project fund­ing,” Mr Eden said. “My apolo­gies that we can’t fund them 100 per cent but we’ve got to look at the bot­tom line.”

He said the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tions should not af­fect grants in the fu­ture. “I’m sure the in­com­ing coun­cil will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate to State Gov­ern­ment for grants, to make sure we don’t miss out,” the Ad­min­is­tra­tor said.

“I’d like you as ratepay­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for good projects.

“It’s just over 12 months (12/5/16) since Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil came into ex­is­tence and we’re mov­ing to­wards the stage where we’ll be wel­com­ing back the new coun­cil on Septem­ber 9.

“I’d like to con­tinue to en­cour­age you giv­ing us ad­vice on what you’d like to see hap­pen with the ex­ist­ing and new coun­cil.”

Mr Eden thanked ev­ery­one in­volved in sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing. “I also thank State Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin for co-or­di­nat­ing our grant ap­pli­ca­tions with the var­i­ous Min­is­ters,” he said.

Projects funded as part of the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ma­jor Projects Fund in­clude;

- Corowa RSL Park Re­newal; re­move ex­ist­ing and in­stall new play­ground - $115,451, - Corowa Swim­ming Pool; to­wards a new swim­ming pool con­struc­tion (to­tal ap­prox. $5.7 – $8.5

mil­lion) $ 1,500,000, - Corowa Bangerang Park Re­newal; re­place play­ground, paths, land­scap­ing and all abil­i­ties toi­let

- $500,963, - Corowa Golf Club Cin­ema; 50 seat cin­ema con­struc­tion within ex­ist­ing build­ing - $585,000, - Corowa Skate Park Up­grade; de­sign and con­struct ex­ten­sion to ex­ist­ing park + re­pair work +

seat­ing + land­scap­ing - $333,170, - How­long Skate Park Con­struc­tion; de­sign and con­struct a street ter­rain park at Lowe Square -

$153,000, - How­long Ten­nis Court Re­newal; re­moval and re­newal of 6 syn­thetic ten­nis courts - $110,000, - Mul­wala All Abil­i­ties Play­ground & Fore­shore Up­grade incl. dis­abil­ity toi­lets; con­struct an ad­ven­ture play­ground, path, fenc­ing, seat­ing, shade. Re­move boat ramp, re­move and re­place toi­let fa­cil­i­ties - $855,650, - Kyfinns Re­serve Im­prove­ments Mul­wala; re­store 2.3km of walk­ing track and con­struc­tion of

400m fenc­ing - $197,087, - Oak­lands RV Park De­vel­op­ment ; gravel park­ing, gazebo, land­scap­ing, fence, toi­let ac­cess, RV

dump - $87,173, - Oak­lands Med­i­cal Cen­tre; build­ing pur­chase, ren­o­va­tion and fit out, med­i­cal equip­ment and set

up sup­plies - $346,942, - Rand Sport Ground Up­grade; fi­nal phase of ren­o­va­tion works - $70,506, - Urana Net­ball Court Re­newal; re­moval and re­newal of 2 ten­nis/net­ball courts. Pad area 38.5 x

42.3. Con­crete slab and Court­pave Mul­tisport Cush­ion + line mark­ing - $ 165,000, - Vic­to­ria Park Rede­vel­op­ment Urana; camp draft fa­cil­ity up­grade, vin­tage ma­chin­ery build­ing

up­grade, re­place­ment of airstrip, re­newal toi­let, fenc­ing, sig­nage - $79,592, - Coun­cil Wide Roads and Drainage; mi­nor/town­ships, mi­nor/re­gional, mi­nor/ru­ral, and medium

projects - $ 3,800,000.

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