Ad­ven­ture Park a fund­ing pri­or­ity

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The es­tab­lish­ment of the pro­posed Ba­rooga Ad­ven­ture Park has been ear­marked by Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil as a pri­or­ity for gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Un­der the state gov­ern­ment In­fra­struc­ture Grants pro­gram, coun­cil has ap­plied for $300,000 to­wards the project which is part of the planned de­vel­op­ment of the Ba­rooga Fore­shore.

Coun­cil has al­ready re­ceived $150,000 this year from the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties fund for the fore­shore de­vel­op­ment.

At last Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors were pre­sented with 10 projects to con­sider for rec­om­men­da­tion for a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

De­spite the long list of projects, coun­cil de­cided to push ahead with an im­me­di­ate ap­pli­ca­tion for the Ba­rooga Ad­ven­ture Park.

Direc­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Matt Han- sen said many of the projects pre­sented to coun­cil were too early in plan­ning stages to be con­sid­ered.

‘‘Most of the other projects re­quired more plan­ning and cost­ing be­fore a good ap­pli­ca­tion could be con­sid­ered.

‘‘A project seek­ing fund­ing in gen­eral should be prop­erly scoped, ac­cu­rately costed and have all its plan­ning per­mis­sions in place,’’ Mr Hansen said.

Coun­cil also agreed to ap­ply for $200,000 to­wards build­ing new chang­e­rooms at the Fin­ley Show­grounds, how­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion will be lodged at a later date.

Coun­cil will need to de­cide whether to de­mol­ish the cur­rent chang­e­rooms or re­fur­bish it.

Mr Hansen said coun­cil still has long term plans for the show­grounds site.

‘‘The coun­cil hasn’t ruled out ap­ply­ing for fund­ing for the Fin­ley Show­grounds un­der the In­fra­struc­ture Grants pro­gram.

‘‘Be­fore it does so how­ever, it wants to have some al­ter­na­tive pro­pos­als.’’

He said once the pre­ferred out­come had been de­cided coun­cil would make a de­ci­sion on ap­ply­ing for fund­ing.

There was also a rec­om­men­da­tion for coun­cil to seek fund­ing to in­stall new lights along the Tocumwal Fore­shore levee bank.

Mr Hansen said the lights wouldn’t meet the cri­te­ria of the avail­able fund­ing streams but coun­cil would find a way to work the project into fu­ture plan­ning.

‘‘The lights and bol­lards will be con­sid­ered in the de­tailed plan­ning works for the Tocumwal Fore­shore path­ways project.

‘‘Once cost and fea­si­bil­ity has been de­ter­mined, coun­cil will then con­sider if it would go ahead and how it would be funded.’’

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