$5-6m project push

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

A lack of phys­i­cal ev­i­dence of progress for Mul­wala projects val­ued at be­tween $5-6 mil­lion that were ap­proved for fund­ing over a year ago has prompted Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Bron­wyn Thomas to ask ques­tions.

At Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s lat­est monthly meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 16, Mul­wala-based Coun- cil­lor Thomas sought a re­port from coun­cil staff as to the progress of projects.

“Com­mu­nity mem­bers are very anx­ious to know what’s go­ing on,” she said.

“Th­ese projects were ap­proved dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tor’s reign and peo­ple thought they were shovel-ready.

“They’re very ex­cit­ing projects. The Al­lA­bil­i­ties Play­ground – such an im­por­tant pro- ject - also con­tains pub­lic dona­tions. Again, peo­ple are very anx­ious to know what’s go­ing on.”

Ap­proved months be­fore the first elected Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil in Septem­ber 2017, with Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden and General Man­ager Chris Gil­lard at the helm, the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle has ob­tained an up­date on the Mul­wala projects and their cur­rent sta­tus.

Pur­tle Park All Abil­i­ties Play­ground – ex­pected to be go­ing to de­sign be­fore Christ­mas. De­sign con­sul­ta­tion will then com­mence with stake­holder groups and is it pro­jected that at the end of Fe­bru­ary the con­struc­tion ten­der will be ad­ver­tised. It is ex­pected con­struc­tion will com­mence at the be­gin­ning of April.

Mul­wala In­dus­trial Es­tate – a con­tract for this work is likely to be awarded prior to the end of the year. Con­struc­tion is likely to com­mence early in the New Year.

Owens Bridges - new re­tain­ing walls and a new boat ramp have now been de­liv­ered. Re­fur­bish­ment of the toi­lets is now un­der­way.

Lons­dale Re­serve – coun­cil has re­cently en­gaged sur­vey­ors to com­plete storm wa­ter and carpark de­signs for works in early 2019.

‘Bay 13’ is cur­rently un­der de­sign and will be re­fur­bished in the first quar­ter of 2019. Fund­ing of $81,000 has re­cently been ac­quired to con­struct a new play­ground at Lons­dale Re­serve as well.

Dig­ger Lough­nan Park – de­sign works are cur­rently be­ing com­pleted for a new fish­ing jetty to be con­structed. A re­quest for quote to con­struct the new fish­ing jetty is ex­pected to be ad­ver­tised in Jan­uary 2019.

Kyffins Re­serve – The de­sign and scope of the Kyffins Re­serve projects have been fi­nalised and th­ese projects will be de­liv­ered in the first half of 2019.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle that coun­cil is cur- rently in the process of de­liv­er­ing a to­tal value of ap­prox­i­mately $5-6 mil­lion of in­fra­struc­ture projects through­out the Mul­wala town­ship over the next few years.

“All of th­ese in­fra­struc­ture projects have been pri­or­i­ties of the Mul­wala com­mu­nity for some time and coun­cil is look­ing for­ward to de­liv­er­ing on th­ese in 2019,” Mayor Bourke said.

“Through var­i­ous fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, some state govern­ment sourced, oth­ers bud­geted for by coun­cil, and some with funds raised by the com­mu­nity, such as the All Abil­i­ties Play­ground, the Mul­wala com­mu­nity is set to ben­e­fit di­rectly from this in­jec­tion of new com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture in the next few years.”

Mayor Bourke said he would also like to thank the com­mu­nity groups that are en­gag­ing with coun­cil to set com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties and project plan for the new in­fra­struc­ture works.

“It is im­por­tant to note and thank the many com­mu­nity groups that coun­cil is cur­rently work­ing with in the Mul­wala com­mu­nity, both di­rectly and in­di­rectly to project scope and de­sign th­ese many projects. Their in­valu­able ad­vice and their pas­sion for want­ing to see what is best for the com­mu­nity is re­ally shin­ing through.

“I know there are still many to de­liver, and I thank the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience. The merger of Corowa and Urana into the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is a mas­sive job, and I am proud of the ef­forts of my fel­low coun­cil­lors and staff in the progress to build the new coun­cil, both in car­ry­ing out our day to day ser­vices, but to also plan for and de­liver an un­prece­dented amount of projects.

“I will be as ex­cited as any­one to watch th­ese projects come to life.”

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