Four projects funded, one misses out
Three Berrigan Shire Council towns will receive funds from the Stronger Country Communities’ round two funding stream.
The sole Finley-based project submitted for a share of funding was not supported by the NSW Government when $1.36 million in projects was announced.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said while the supported projects in Tocumwal, Barooga and Berrigan would be great additions for the shire, the Finley snub was a bit of a surprise.
He said even in round one, which gave council $2.2 million to spend on local infrastructure, Finley was only awarded $160 000 for the Finley skate park.
‘‘It’s always great to receive outside funding to go towards our projects but we need to find out why Finley didn’t receive funding. I have already spoken with (Member for Murray) Austin Evans.
‘‘In the first round they polled the community to work out where the money should be distributed and I believe that may have been the case again. But I have not come across anyone in the shire who was polled by the state government.
‘‘In round one we submitted funding for the Finley Showgrounds but that was knocked back.
‘‘Because it was knocked back we elected not to submit it again for round two, however there is a grant pending through another program for us to get funding at the showgrounds.’’
In round two, council applied for $400 000 to install an automated sprinkler system at Finley Golf Club to water all 18 holes.
‘‘Obviously we felt the golf course would have been a good community-based project to assist the golf club in the future,’’ Cr Hannan said.
Funding includes $489 000 for the development and expansion of the Barooga adventure park and $395 000 for Berrigan war memorial pool upgrades.
Another $497 000 has been allocated to the redevelopment of the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve netball and cricket facilities and $59 000 to new lighting and scoreboard at Berrigan sports ground.
Berrigan Shire corporate services director Matt Hansen said the allocation for the Berrigan sports ground was only a portion of the amount needed for the project.
‘‘We requested $107 000 in our application,’’ he said.
‘‘Council will discuss with the sports ground management committee about what it wants to do moving forward.
‘‘One option can be doing part of the work.
‘‘We will also be speaking with the funding body if we can do portion of the project or do all of it and fund the rest.
‘‘It’ll be a decision for the management committee to decide if it’s willing to pay the remaining money or alternatively council can chip in some of the remaining cost.’’