Stronger priorities

February 16, 2018

Four projects with a combined value of more than $2 million have been submitted for government funding by Edward River Council.

The projects are a walking track for parks around the Deni lagoon system, and upgrades of Scott’s Park, Deniliquin Swim Centre and Deniliquin Town Hall.

All projects will be considered under the Stronger Country Communities funding stream, for which council has been given a nominal allocation of $1.5 million under the program.

An announcement on which projects will receive funding is expected some time this month.

‘‘We decided to apply for four projects, which includes revitalising the Town Hall and the development of a Deniliquin lagoons system walking track which could link in with the Beach to Beach walk and the Island Sanctuary,’’ Council general manager Adam McSwain said.

‘‘At the Town Hall we already have a new roof and a commercial kitchen, and we’ve had an architect come up with designs that might make it usable again.

‘‘We also applied to provide all abilities change rooms at the pool (swim centre), and at Scott’s Park we want to retain the park’s rocket, but we have applied for a significant amount of money to replace some of the play equipment and add more with all abilities access.’’

Mr McSwain said council’s application for the Town Hall was for up to $1 million in funding.

He said if successful, council could pursue works which would allow the hall to be utilised for functions, community events and potentially community group meetings again.

‘‘We expect a full refurbishment will cost between $1.5 million and $1.7 million, but we have applied for $1 million — we have a short term focus on making it usable first.’’

Mr McSwain highlighted that because the preferred project list exceeds the nominal allocation available to council, there is a chance not all projects will be successful in getting any funding.

He said any unsuccessful applications could be reconsidered for round two of the Stronger Country Communities funding later in the year, or other funding streams if supported by council.

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