Yarrawonga Chronicle

$240,970 merger money left

- BY ROBERT MUIR

Federation Council has expended 99% out of $21,790,460 grant funding allocation­s provided to council after the amalgamati­on between Corowa and Urana Shires will seek approval for the remaining funds of $240,790.

A detailed report on council’s financial situation with the substantia­l funding as at the end of June 30, 2021 was presented at council’s latest monthly meeting on August 17.

Council agreed to seek approval from the Office of Local Government for an extension until June 30, 2022 and for reallocati­on of the $240,790 for ongoing projects.

“The timeframe for finalising projects had previously been extended by the Office of Local Government to 30 December 2020,” Federation Council’s General Manager Adrian Butler said.

“With the onset of COVID-19, council has faced significan­t challenges in delivering all the projects within this timeframe. As at 30 June 2022, eight projects of 118 remain to be completed.”

Subject to approval, council’s $240,790 will include $42,147 for asset management and longterm financial plan, $74,467 for Local Environmen­t Plan, $45,006 for Interoffic­e Communicat­ions and $20,000 each for Fire Safety Project and Section 355 Committees, as proposed by council’s system accountant Ermawaty Tai.

Mr Butler praised for Mr Tai for his comprehens­ive report relating to the situation with council’s Implementa­tion Plan and Stronger Communitie­s Grants.

Establishm­ent of Federation Council in 2016 via the amalgamati­on of Corowa and Urana Shires was supported with $20,590,000 of grant funding from the NSW State Government.

Council was allocated $15,318,215 under the Stronger Communitie­s Fund (SCF) and $5,271,785 under the New Council’s Implementa­tion Fund (NCIF). During the period, unexpended funds were invested and council earnt interest income totalling $1.2 million to be used in addition to the principal funding received.

Councillor­s unanimousl­y backed the remaining funds allocation after some detailed discussion.

Crs Bronwyn Thomas and David Longley expressed concern about the current operation of towns’ valued volunteers on Section 355 Committees.

“It was early 2019 when we started that process,” Cr Thomas said. “Is there a timeframe?”

Council’s director corporate and community services Jo Shannon said she would follow up as to the current situation.

Cr Paul Miegel asked if council was confident of completing the projects by June 30, 2022 if approval is forthcomin­g for the outstandin­g $240,790. “Very confident” was Mr Butler’s answer.

 ??  ?? The Adventure Playground at Purtle Park in Mulwala was one of the successful local projects to receive grant money as a result of the amalgamati­on of the Corowa and Urana Shires.
The Adventure Playground at Purtle Park in Mulwala was one of the successful local projects to receive grant money as a result of the amalgamati­on of the Corowa and Urana Shires.

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