Red-letter day for Federation
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.