General Manager Update

The outcome of Blayney Shire Councils proposed projects submitted under Round One of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) remains unannounced, however Council has been advised of the dates and funding criteria for Round Two.  As is being reported to the March Council meeting, the SCCF program is designed to support projects for:

  • construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing community infrastructure such as community halls, playgrounds, or toilet blocks
  • construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing local sporting infrastructure such as change-room facilities, walking and cycle pathways, public pool upgrades, indoor sports facilities or oval/court lighting
  • capital works related to street beautification and public ‘place making’ such as murals, planter boxes or town and tourism signage.

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the SCCF website;  

The minimum grant amount for each project is $50,000 and if there is a single project where funding sought is more than $1 million; Council must include a minimum financial co-contribution of at least 25%.  

Councils are expected to work with sporting and other community groups to
Identify priority projects and submit applications on behalf of these organisations.  Councils are encouraged to consider project partnerships, however only Council is able to submit applications.

Unlike Round One, there will be a single application round for all councils, with an 8 week period to consult with community and sporting groups prior to lodging project applications.  At the September 2017 meeting, Council were presented a draft project list for both Rounds One and Two, submitting in October the prioritised projects totalling $1.1million.   

Council has been advised that depending on the approved projects, the over or under spend of the Round One allocation of $785,486 in 2017/18, will transfer to Round Two.
The following key dates apply to Round Two:

  • 12 March 2018 - Applications open
  • 4 May 2018 - Applications close
  • August 2018 - Successful applications announced

To reflect the funding split, Council is required to submit sporting facility projects representing at least 50 % of the total Round Two allocation.

Each Town and Village having recently updated their Community Plans, and along with the Blayney Shire Sports and Recreation Master Plan has provided invaluable stakeholder engagement and input which will expedite the community consultation process.

From these strategic plans there are a significant list of eligible projects, and depending on what is approved in Round One, feedback from the Blayney Shire Sports Council and each Town/Village and Progress Association will be sought for their priorities.  

Renewal of community and sporting infrastructure will remain a focus for Council in adding value to ageing assets that are not meeting demand or the needs of users.  As per Round One, there may be a class of assets that could be bundled up into one; such as Children’s Playgrounds Refurbishment or new Footpaths.  

Projects may be located on private or non-council owned property, however must not be solely for private use and must demonstrate community access and long term benefits.  

Last modified: 15 Mar 2018

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
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