Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Edward River Council Community News

Community Grants awarded | New Funding for Saleyards Road | Conargo & Pretty Pine tips to close temporaril­y


Edward River Council, at its monthly meeting yesterday voted to approve almost $50,000 in Community Grants for local sporting and community groups.

This year’s program attracted 25 funding applicatio­ns requesting a total of $94,962, down from $116,041 in applicatio­ns last year.

Each applicatio­n was individual­ly assessed by a panel of Edward River Council representa­tives including Cr. Peta Betts and Cr. Pat Fogarty.

The assessment criteria includes ensuring a clearly identified and demonstrat­ed need for the project.

The committee also gives weight to projects that are sustainabl­e, inclusive, innovative and offer a partnershi­p by way of cocontribu­ting to the costs.

Of the 25 applicatio­ns, 14 projects were recommende­d for funding with a further applicatio­n seeking in-kind support also recommende­d for approval.

I’m delighted to announce the successful projects will be notified on Monday include:

• Support for men’s and women’s groups to continue their involvemen­t in community knowledge and social engagement

• Publicatio­n of a Deniliquin and District Pioneer Pre 1900 book

• Support for food hampers for community members experienci­ng hardship from COVID including farmers, domestic violence and mental health

• Purchase of a wheelchair

and cushion for elderly

• AFL X modified games to reinvigora­te interest and ensure young people are engaged

• An after school weekly art program to engage youth

• Purchase new museum display cabinet

• Replace dated and faded artwork

• Installati­on of an obstacle course at a local school

• Concrete paths for golf carts at a local sporting complex

• Replace gymnastics floor tumbling run and install padding around netball goal posts

• Support for a Garden Expo

• Supply and erect a gazebo

• Assistance with medals for an athletics carnival

I am also delighted to announce we have been successful in our applicatio­n for NSW State Government funding for Saleyards Road.

We submitted a funding applicatio­n for rehabilita­tion works including pavement works, widening, seal extension and new seal and drainage works for 1.3km of Saleyards Road.

We have received confirmati­on from the deputy premier, Paul Toole our applicatio­n has been approved under the Fixing Local Roads Round 3 program.

Constructi­on work will begin on the conversion of the Pretty Pine and Conargo Landfill sites to transfer stations in two weeks.

Council undertook extensive community consultati­on regarding the conversion to transfer stations which follows Council’s Waste Management Strategy.

The new transfer stations are expected to be completed by Christmas.

In the meantime, residents of Pretty Pine and Conargo will have access to skip bins at the sites for household waste disposal only.

Any other items can be disposed of at the Deniliquin tip on the Hay Road.

Our Australia Day Awards nomination­s are now open. You can download a copy from our website, or collect one from the Customer Service Centre at the library.

This year we’d love to see more nominees - for Citizen of the Year, sports people and those involved in the arts and environmen­t.

If you know someone who has contribute­d to our community and deserves recognitio­n, please consider nominating them.

The 2022 Awards ceremony promises to be a good one, with former local and ex-AFL Star Leo Barry being our ambassador.

Finally, a note on our vaccinatio­n rates. I recently held a meeting with local medical providers, Council staff and Murrumbidg­ee Local Health District where we discussed our published Covid vaccinatio­n rates - the lowest in NSW.

We questioned the data and the consensus was that yes, the data may be incorrect, due to a number of factors.

MLHD asked that we encourage all residents to ensure their Medicare details are up to date with the correct address.

If you’re vaccinated in Deni but your Medicare address is Melbourne, for example, you are not included in our vaccinatio­n data.

We also heard about significan­t numbers of local residents refusing to get vaccinated. Whilst this is a personal choice, we must be prepared that come 01 December, when restrictio­ns have all but eased, our rates of Covid are highly likely to increase.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect our community. Please talk to your GP if you have any concerns.

Stay safe.

Cr. Norm Brennan

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