$5.9M project bo­nanza

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

“This will fully fund the pool based on es­ti­mates, and other grants and funds al­ready ear­marked for the pool, for Op­tion 4 as adopted by coun­cil, with heat­ing also to be in­ves­ti­gated,” Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler told The Free Press.

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin con­veyed the De­cem­ber 21, 2018 an­nounce­ment as part of an on-go­ing com­mit­ment to lo­cal coun­cils.

The fund­ing pack­age also in­cludes:

• $1 mil­lion for the new How­long Mul­ti­Pur­pose Hall and Gym­na­sium pro­posed for Lowe Square at How­long. This will part fund the project, with fur­ther fi­nal de­sign to now oc­cur, and funds to be sought, now that this com­mit­ment has been made.

• $434,469 for the Urana Aquatic Cen­tre Leisure Cen­tre Build­ing. This will fully fund the project based on es­ti­mates, and com­ple­ment com­mu­nity held funds of around $250,000 in cash, and ear­lier fund­ing re­ceived from the State Gov­ern­ment un­der Round Two of the Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram.

• $100,000 for air con­di­tion­ing for the Corowa

Civic Bowls Club.

A NSW State Gov­ern­ment $5.59 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age for Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil an­nounced on De­cem­ber 21 in­cludes $3.48 mil­lion for the Corowa Swim­ming Pool.

• $300,000 to up­grade and seal We­myss Road at Mul­wala. This will com­ple­ment the Mul­wala Ski Club’s grant of a sim­i­lar amount for in­ter­nal road works and up­grades to the Max Kir­win Ski Park, to greatly en­hance the abil­ity of the cen­tre to con­tinue to at­tract Na­tional events.

• $271,785 in ad­di­tional fund­ing to­wards coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion costs

Mr Aplin said he is ex­cited to see work be­gin on these projects. “These worth­while projects will im­prove the life­style and amenity of res­i­dents with new and up­graded sport and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“It will also de­liver a much-needed road up­grade and ad­di­tional fund­ing to­wards the cost of cre­at­ing the new coun­cil.”

The fund­ing is in ad­di­tion to the $15 mil­lion the NSW Gov­ern­ment pro­vided to the coun­cil when it was cre­ated in May 2016 to­wards up­front ad­min­is­tra­tion costs and to kick-start de­liv­ery of com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture.

Mr Aplin said Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the part­ner­ship with the State Gov­ern­ment to de­liver great out­comes for the com­mu­nity.

“Re­gional coun­cils do a fan­tas­tic job in the face of unique and on­go­ing chal­lenges and the Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to sup­port Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil to de­liver for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke said coun­cil was thrilled to hear the news of fur­ther fund­ing for Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

“To al­low the coun­cil to con­tinue in earnest with fi­nal­is­ing de­signs and call­ing for con­struc­tion of the new Corowa Pool com­plex, know­ing that it will be fully funded or close to, with­out the bur­den of sig­nif­i­cant loan fund­ing, is ter­rific news,” he said.

“The other projects are also long-held pri­or­i­ties for those ar­eas, and to al­low such a large amount to be di­rected to kick start­ing a much needed Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at How­long, is also great news.

“The Mul­wala Ski Club has long lob­bied coun­cil to up­grade We­myss Road, and it didn’t qual­ify un­der any road fund­ing given the many other higher pri­or­ity roads within the shire, but to in­vest in this on an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism ba­sis is a great way to con­tinue to en­sure Mul­wala can con­tinue to at­tract world class ski events.

“Coun­cil will be work­ing in earnest over the next two and half years to de­liver these ex­cit­ing projects, and I can’t thank enough the NSW Gov­ern­ment and par­tic­u­larly our lo­cal Mem­ber Greg Aplin, for the sup­port they have given Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.”

Be­fore the lat­est State Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment of $5.9 mil­lion, Cr Gail Law voted against coun­cil sub­mit­ting a full ap­pli­ca­tion to seek fund­ing for the $9.1M Lake Urana project, a project re­ported on re­cently in The Free Press.

Re­fer­ring to all the ma­jor projects for which State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing has been ob­tained or sought, she ex­pressed con­cern look­ing ahead.

“They’re all go­ing to re­quire main­te­nance in the fu­ture,” Cr Law. “It will be an on­go­ing cost for­ever.”

But Cr David Lon­g­ley pre­ferred other­wise. “The fund­ing won’t last for­ever.”

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