Mul­wala projects among $9 mil­lion Fed­er­a­tion fund

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Fund­ing for an all abil­i­ties play­ground in Mul­wala and im­prove­ments at Kyffins Re­serve is in­cluded in a $9 mil­lion cash in­jec­tion into the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area as part of the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Ma­jor Projects Fund.

Al­most $9 mil­lion dol­lars has been al­lo­cated to 15 in­fra­struc­ture projects which will al­low coun­cil to ad­dress many long stand­ing com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties.

The aim of the fund­ing pro­gram is to sup­port projects that cre­ate stronger and more vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties.

The fund­ing an­nounce­ment was made at the Fed­er­a­tion Shire Coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day and in­cluded $855,650 for a Mul­wala All Abil­i­ties Play­ground and fore­shore up­grade and $197,087 to re­store 2.3kms of walk­ing track and 400 me­tres of fencing at Kyffins Re­serve.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden said the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund was a once off op­por­tu­nity to de­liver a num­ber of im­por­tant projects that oth­er­wise would not have been pos­si­ble.

“Com­mu­ni­ties have been work­ing to­wards some of th­ese projects for many years, so we are re­ally pleased to pro­vide the fund­ing that will finally see them hap­pen,” said Mr Eden.

An in­de­pen­dent panel was ap­pointed to as­sess the ap­pli­ca­tions made un­der the ma­jor projects pro­gram and in­cluded Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin, Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor of Depart­ment of Premier and Cabi­net Trudi McDon­ald and pro­bity ad­vi­sor Mal­com McLean.

$3.8 mil­lion has been ear­marked for roads fund­ing to help ad­dress the sig­nif­i­cant main­te­nance and re­newal back­log that ex­ists across the coun­cil area.

“The com­mu­nity have told us they want to see money spent on lo­cal roads, so this is a good out­come,” Mr Eden said.

There is also a fo­cus on com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture, with some ex­cit­ing play space and recre­ational projects on the list. Play­grounds, skateparks, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and re­serves will un­dergo im­prove­ments de­signed to meet the needs of families and young peo­ple.

A num­ber of projects are also ex­pected to help drive eco­nomic growth and at­tract visi­ta­tion to the area, en­sur­ing com­mu­ni­ties are strong and sus­tain­able into the fu­ture.

“Projects such as the new play­grounds and skateparks will pro­mote the area not only as a great des­ti­na­tion to visit, but a great place to live and raise a fam­ily,” said Mr Eden.

“Lo­cal sport­ing clubs are such an im­por­tant part of small com­mu­ni­ties - so we’ve also al­lo­cated some much needed fund­ing to re­new and up­grade fa­cil­i­ties that pro­vide on­go­ing so­cial ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.”

In ad­di­tion to the fif­teen ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects an­nounced, a fur­ther $293,680 was also al­lo­cated to com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions who were suc­cess­ful in their fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions un­der Round 2 of the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

“We re­ceived 36 ap­pli­ca­tions in round two and there was a real di­ver­sity in the na­ture of the projects seek­ing fund­ing,” Mr Eden said.

“Each ap­pli­cant should be very proud of their ded­i­ca­tion to build­ing strong com­mu­ni­ties and their ef­forts in pre­par­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions.”

“The 13 suc­cess­ful projects ranged from wet­land im­prove­ments and ren­o­va­tions for all abil­i­ties ac­cess, to re­lo­cat­ing and restor­ing a his­toric en­gine,” he said.

A num­ber of ma­jor projects will get un­der­way be­fore the end of the year, with the re­main­der to be sched­uled for com­ple­tion within two years.

Sum­maries of each of the ma­jor projects and a full list of round two re­cip­i­ents can be found on Coun­cil’s web­site www.fed­er­a­tioncoun­

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