Council in partnership with the NSW Government is set to deliver an unprecedented number of projects for its community following the adoption of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund – Major Projects Program at last week’s Council meeting.
Administrator Dean Lynch approved the $14 million Major Projects list with Council ready to deliver 100 projects across the Snowy Monaro region.
The $14m allocated for the Major Projects Program has been split evenly across the three former shires of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, and Snowy River. More than $5 million will be spent on delivering recreational facilities, and in excess of $3 million on roads and bridges.
The funds were made available through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, established by the state government to kick start important community projects for merged councils.
With a two year timeframe to deliver the 100 projects, Administrator Lynch said it’ll be a busy time as Council commences work across the Snowy Monaro.
“This is an exciting time for Council. Never before have we had the opportunity to deliver a program of works this extensive for the community,” Administrator Lynch said.
“It’s a great list of projects that have been put together. From bridge work to public health assets, and improving the streetscapes of our towns, I’m really looking forward to seeing these projects become a reality.”
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund will leave a lasting impact across the Snowy Monaro.
“The Stronger Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government so that councils can kick-start important infrastructure and community based projects,” Mr Barilaro said.
“There are some vital infrastructure projects being funded through this scheme, projects that will make a huge difference to our community and I look forward to seeing how these benefit our region in years to come.”
Following community consultation, the Major Projects Program was reviewed and finalised by a selection panel comprising: the chairperson of the Bombala, Cooma and Snowy River Local Representative Committees, representatives from the Department of Premier’s Cabinet and the Member for Monaro’s office, Administrator Lynch and Council’s General Manager Joe Vescio.
Headlining the list projects to be delivered across the Snowy Monaro includes significant upgrades to Cooma’s Nijong Oval with the establishment of a ‘learn to ride bike track’. In Jindabyne there will be the construction of new public toilets in the town centre.
Council plans to demolish the current public toilets in the town centre and replace them
with a new and improved facility.
Amongst a series of projects planned for the town, Bombala’s CBD will become home to
improved streetscape and an all abilities playground.
The 100 projects have been on the community’s wishlist for a number of years, and because of this funding they can be delivered in the next two years.
The delivery of these projects will take place between June 2017 and June 2019. A majority of projects require significant planning to be undertaken before works can commence.
Roads and Bridges = $3,171,001.08
Buildings upgrades or modifications = $1,636,044.22
Public Health (Including cemeteries) = $440,072.50
Recreational facilities = $5,581,620.38
Renewable Energy = $358,028.30
Streetscape Projects = $2,813,233.53