Play­ground pro­posal look­ing good

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Mul­wala Lons­dale Re­serve Com­mit­tee’s bid to re­place the ex­ist­ing play­ground and in­stall a shade sail has every chance of suc­cess.

The project has been ranked num­ber six in the pri­or­ity list of 16 projects be­ing sub­mit­ted to the NSW Gov­ern­ment by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil re­gard­ing the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties Fund - Round 2.

“It sounds promis­ing,” Lons­dale Re­cre­ation Re­serve Pres­i­dent Rod Sis­sons told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“We’re pleased coun­cil rated the project highly and we look for­ward to hope­fully, a favourable re­sponse.”

The re­quest by Oak­lands Re­cre­ation Ground Com­mit­tee for re­place­ment of change-rooms and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties headed the list (see list below).

The or­der of ap­pli­ca­tion pri­or­ity for 16 lo­cal projects was unan­i­mously agreed to by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil at an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing on Tues­day, May 1.

Bids by coun­cils closed last Fri­day, May 4. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions will be an­nounced in Au­gust.

Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion fol­lows con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity through­out Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area af­ter re­ceiv­ing fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion ad­vice of $3.6 mil­lion for Round 2 on March 2.

Half of the fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion ($1.8 mil­lion) must be al­lo­cated to sport and recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture, and projects must be a min­i­mum value of $50,000.

Not all 16 projects are likely to be ap­proved. “The cur­rent to­tal es­ti­mated value of the ap­pli­ca­tions is al­most $4,500,000 which means that coun­cil will be re­quest­ing ap­prox­i­mately $900,000 more than the pos­si­ble $3,600,000 fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion,” coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Kristy Kay said.

“As a re­sult, some of the ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing put for­ward are un­likely to be suc­cess­ful.”

Corowa has the most bids, with five ap­pli­ca­tions ranked nine, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and could only, at this point in time, feel rea­son­ably con­fi­dent with two.

Urana is most likely to achieve the best re­sult with its three bids listed four, 10 and 11. The Urana Ski and Aquatic Com­mit­tee has pro­posed the use of $230,000 in coun­cil re­serve fund­ing as part­ner­ship fund­ing for the Urana Aquatic Cen­tre Pedes­trian Bridge project.

“These funds were orig­i­nally from the Yu­luma Bus Com­mit­tee which in­ves­ti­gated the op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish a multi-pur­pose com­plex in 2014 when it placed these funds in trust with Urana Shire Coun­cil for this pur­pose,” Ms Kay ex­plained.

“The Urana Aquatic Com­mit­tee has pro­posed the use of $55,300 in coun­cil re­serve fund­ing to­wards Urana Aquatic Cen­tre Pedes­trian Bridge. These funds were be­ing held by Urana Shire Coun­cil for im­prove­ments to the Aquatic Cen­tre and help­ing to se­cure the water sup­ply to the lake.”

Ren­nie Re­cre­ation Re­serve Trust and Ren­nie Foot­ball Net­ball Club can feel con­fi­dent with its num­ber 5 rank­ing for re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing light­ing with LED lights.

At coun­cil’s ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing, Cr Paul Miegel acted as mayor in place of Mayor Pat Bourke who de­clared a pe­cu­niary in­ter­est; Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch was ab- sent. Cr Miegel re­ferred to “the very short time frame” for sub­mis­sion of bids to the NSW Gov­ern­ment.

“It shows how up and about the com­mu­ni­ties of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil are,” he said.

“The process was fairly rig­or­ous to come up with a pri­or­ity list.”

In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler praised coun­cil staff whom he said “worked very hard to meet the gov­ern­ment dead­line re­quire­ments”.

“It’s a ter­rific re­sult that coun­cil’s been able to come to this con­clu­sion,” Mr But­ler said. “It’s not a pop­u­lar­ity con­test be­tween one and 18.”

Cr An­drew Kennedy con­grat­u­lated coun­cil staff in “putting these ap­pli­ca­tions to­gether”. “It’s a very daunt­ing task. Prob­a­bly all ap­pli­ca­tions de­served fund­ing. The fund­ing is spread far and wide.”

Two other projects, in­clud­ing one for an up­grade of Max Kir­win Ski Park Mul­wala, are still live grant ap­pli­ca­tions and sub­ject to the Grant Ap­pli­ca­tion Ap­peal process.

The ski park up­grade in­cludes de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­nal roads, up­grade of toi­let fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity, con­struc­tion of a multi- pur­pose fa­cil­ity with kitchen, stor­age, view­ing deck, judges’ of­fices and pro­vi­sion of shade. The other project is an ir­ri­ga­tion up­grade for Corowa Golf Course.

Projects

The projects in or­der of ap­pli­ca­tion pri­or­ity Re­place chang­e­rooms and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties at Oak­lands Re­cre­ation Ground. Re­con­struct net­ball and ten­nis Court at Coreen Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

New toi­let fa­cil­i­ties at Colombo Creek Ski Park.

Con­struct multi-pur­pose sports com­plex at Urana Aquatic Leisure Cen­tre. Re­place light­ing at Ren­nie Re­cre­ation Re­serve with LED lights. Re­place Lons­dale Re­serve Play­ground and in­stall shade sail.

Rand Sports Ground Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity up­grades.

Re­fur­bish How­long Ten­nis Clu­b­rooms. Re­new net­ball court and re­clad sec­tions of Corowa Ruther­glen Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

Con­struct 30m pedes­trian bridge to join ex­ist­ing tracks at Urana Aquatic Cen­tre. 11. Resur­face Urana Ten­nis courts.

12. Con­struct multi-pur­pose build­ing

Corowa Cricket Club.

13. Re­fur­bish Corowa Row­ing Club.

14. Re­fur­bish and up­grade Corowa Civic

Bowl­ing Club ameni­ties.

15. Corowa High School oval drainage, ex­ten­sion of ir­ri­ga­tion and new grass sur­face.

16. Corowa Swim­ming Pool re­newal - con

struc­tion of splash park

17. Up­grade of Max Kir­win Water Ski Park

Mul­wala.

18. Corowa Golf Course ir­ri­ga­tion up­grade. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. at

The ex­ist­ing play­ground at Lons­dale Re­serve looks set to be get­ting a makeover and a shade sail in­stalled if their Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund bid is ap­proved.

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