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Jerilderie projects earmarked for merger fund spend
At least three major infrastructure projects in Jerilderie may be considered under the Stronger Communities Fund spending for Murrumbidgee Council.
Up to $9 million in NSW Government funding has been allocated to the newly merged council — incorporating the former Jerilderie and Murrumbidgee shire councils — for large scale projects.
The merged council’s interim general manager Craig Moffitt said while the distribution of funds has not yet been formerly discussed, at least three projects of the former Jerilderie Shire Council will be put forward.
They include new netball courts at Monash Park, the Jerilderie swimming pool refurbishment and upgrades to the water filtration plant.
Combined, the projects are expected to cost at least $2 million.
‘‘We have not received any formal suggestions for the infrastructure funding as yet, but we are putting together a list that will be discussed at a council meeting next week,’’ Mr Moffitt said yesterday.
‘‘The Jerilderie projects were all projects of the former council.
‘‘I have also heard talk of foreshore works at Darlington Point and the construction of a lake, similar to that at Jerilderie, in Coleambally.’’
Mr Moffitt said the largest of the projects to be considered for Jerilderie is the water filtration plant, which he expects will cost about $1.3 million.
‘‘We need to double the capacity of the plant,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not because it does not meet capacity needs, but because it only has a single filter.
‘‘The filter is backwashing more often, and we can’t turn it off for too long.’’
Expected to cost ‘‘up to $1 million’’, Mr Moffitt said the planned works for the swimming pool may include scope for some exciting additions.
‘‘The pool needs refurbishment, which will become urgent in the near future,’’ he said.
‘‘We will require an engineer’s analysis of the structure, and we will probably also need a new filtration plant and pipeworks.
‘‘There may even be an opportunity to add ancillary gear, like perhaps a splash park, but that has not yet been discussed.’’
Council’s funding requirements for the netball courts is not yet known, with the Jerilderie Football and Netball Club already having some of the $300,000 project cost in reserves.
Mr Moffitt said it will be a complete rebuild of the courts.
Apart from the $9 million for large scale projects, there is also $1 million from the Stronger Communities Fund for distribution to not-for-profit groups for community projects. Groups will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000.
Mr Moffitt said letters will be going out to community groups within the next week to advise them of the application details.
‘‘It was a state government direc- tive that at least $1 million be put aside for this purpose, but council can allocate more if there is a requirement,’’ he said.
‘‘But $1 million is at least 20 projects.’’
Merged on May 12 as part of a NSW Government decision to make councils ‘Fit for the Future’, Mr Moffitt said he’s so far pleased with the transition process.
Community meetings to discuss the changes were held across the new council area last week.
Mr Moffitt said at least 50 people attended the meeting in Jerilderie on Wednesday.
‘‘It seems we’re settling into the new entity quite well, and the community was very positive,’’ he said.