Four projects funded, one misses out

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

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.’’

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