Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from sport­ing clubs, com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions who would like their in­fra­struc­ture projects con­sid­ered un­der round two of the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties grant pro­gram.

The State Gov­ern­ment pro­gram is now open and aims to de­liver lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture to im­prove the qual­ity of life for peo­ple in re­gional NSW. Each lo­cal gov­ern­ment area is pro­vided with an al­lo­ca­tion of fund­ing for projects such as parks, com­mu­nity halls, sports fa­cil­i­ties, play­grounds and amenity blocks.

Round one saw Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil re­ceive just over $1 mil­lion in fund­ing for toi­let block im­prove­ments, a cy­cle­way in Corowa and a new ac­ces­si­ble cabin at the Urana Car­a­van Park.

Coun­cil is set to re­ceive $3.6 mil­lion in round two, with a re­quire­ment to spend fifty per­cent of this al­lo­ca­tion on sport and recre­ation in­fra­struc­ture.

Lo­cal Coun­cils are the only el­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants and must work with their com­mu­ni­ties to iden­tify suit­able projects.

This week coun­cil re­solved to es­tab­lish an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process and Mayor, Pat Bourke is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to put for­ward suit­able projects.

“We al­ready have a good un­der­stand­ing of com­mu­nity pri­or­ity projects af­ter call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram last year, how­ever this process al­lows us to en­sure we’ve cap­tured all pos­si­bil­i­ties,” the Mayor said.

Groups must sub­mit their ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to coun­cil by Mon­day 9 April, in­clud­ing all the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion that will sup­port the prepa­ra­tion of the grant ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The time­frames are tight and the ap­pli­ca­tion process re­quires projects to be well de­vel- oped, so this will need to be con­sid­ered when de­ter­min­ing which projects coun­cil will sub­mit,” said Mayor Bourke.

“The re­cent con­sul­ta­tion process we’ve com­pleted to pre­pare our Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan will also help to pri­ori­tise projects.”

Full ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day 4 May and it is ex­pected that an an­nounce­ment will be made by the NSW Gov­ern­ment in Au­gust this year.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the project and re­sources to as­sist with the prepa­ra­tion of the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est are avail­able from Coun­cil’s web­site www.fed­er­a­tioncoun­cil.nsw.gov.au

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