Com­mu­nity asked to rank Stronger pri­or­ity projects

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Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil has ear­marked eight projects that will be as­sessed for fund­ing as part of the $788,000 it re­cently re­ceived from the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram.

Ber­ri­gan Shire res­i­dents will now be asked to rank the pro­posed projects in or­der of what they deem is the high­est pri­or­ity.

The projects — which in­clude re­fur­bish­ing, upgrading and ex­pan­sion pro­pos­als — in­clude Ber­ri­gan netball courts, Ber­ri­gan basketball courts, Fin­ley Show­grounds, Fin­ley Skatepark, Tocumwal Li- brary, Tocumwal Path­way on Ba­rooga Rd, a stage at Ba­rooga Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, and Ba­rooga Fore­shore Play­ground.

Coun­cil di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Matt Hansen said any of the projects that don’t re­ceive fund­ing this year may be el­i­gi­ble next year.

Mayor Matt Han­nan said he wants to see all towns ben­e­fit­ing from the state gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

‘‘I want to make it clear that we are go­ing to do pri­or­ity projects and not new projects.

‘‘The on­line sur­vey is the best way for the com­mu­nity to pro­vide guid­ance to the coun­cil about how the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties money will be spent.

‘‘I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go to the coun­cil web­site and com­plete the sur­vey.’’

Mr Hansen said coun­cil hopes to com­plete all eight projects across two years.

He said it may also re­quire coun­cil ap­ply­ing for more fund­ing to fin­ish some of the projects, with grants of up to $1.5m avail­able.

“If only three or four projects are funded this year then the oth­ers will be at the top of the list for next year’s fund­ing,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘It’s pos­si­ble we will re­ceive bonus fund­ing next year, if not all is spent then that can carry over.

‘‘How­ever, we haven’t re­ceived that in writ­ing but we have been told there will be a round two.’’

Res­i­dents are asked to com­plete a sur­vey avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site www.berri­g­an­shire.nsw.gov.au to as­sist in pri­ori­tis­ing th­ese projects.

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