Media Release - Council seeks to secure $1 million for community projects

Priority list for Stronger Communities Fund 2017/18

Blayney Shire Council is seeking endorsement at next Monday’s Council meeting for over $1 million worth of community infrastructure projects throughout Blayney and villages to be the focus of the 2017/ 18 Stronger Communities Fund submission due on 18 October 2017.   Whilst this shortlist is above Council’s allocation, it was recommended by the General Manager that Council submits as is for assessment and review by the NSW Government.

The minimum project value is $100,000 and typically in the range of $250,000 plus.  Projects of less than $100,000 have been bundled into an asset class and description of like with like.

At the September meeting, Council resolved to support a priority list of key community programs that the Council team, community groups, businesses and residents have identified as ready to progress with adequate funding allocation.

The projects have been aligned within the priority list below as they create similar outcomes and benefits for the community including:

1.    Blayney Shire Public Toilet Upgrade Project     $100,000
Demolish existing aged and failing public amenities and construct new accessible public toilets at the Lyndhurst Recreation Ground, Neville Memorial Park and Barry School Hall.

These village recreation or park grounds have public toilets that are not ambulant compliant.  The new construction will require ancillary infrastructure, in the form of parking and footpaths, to meet Building Code of Australia requirements.  The 3 locations above will provide much improved amenity for residents and visitors.  

2.    Blayney Skate Park Heritage Park    $272,000
This is the priority project for young people in the Shire identified in the Blayney Town Community Plan (2016).  Designs and specifications are completed, and with Development Consent granted, the construction of a new concrete Skate Park at Heritage Park is ready to proceed to Tender.  There has been significant community consultation, engagement and support from local young people.  Project includes removal of existing garden maze shrubs, extension of current path to Skate Park, earthworks, installation of drainage and Skate Park incorporating beginner, medium and advanced level features.    

3.    Recreation Ground Refurbishment Projects    $191,000
A number of refurbishment projects have been Village Community Plans that will enhance the accessibility and increase community usage of recreation grounds at Mandurama, Redmond Oval and Newbridge Recreation Grounds including;

  • Demolition and removal of the old club house at Mandurama Recreation Ground.  Construction of a new public open shelter on a concrete slab for BBQs and local community events with one end walled, water collection tank, benchtop/sink and seating.
  • Replacement of the perimeter fencing around Redmond Oval which will complete the sporting complex master plan priorities and complement the significant oval and supporting facilities refurbishment works completed in early 2017

  • Replacement of fencing around the inner field/grounds at Newbridge Recreation Ground to enhance the sporting and community grounds.

4.    Lyndhurst Village Link Footpath Project Stage 1    $220,000
As identified in the Blayney Shire Council Acting Movement Strategy (2016) this will provide safe pedestrian and cycle access from the main village centre and Public School, opposite the Lyndhurst Memorial Hall along Russart Street then adjacent to the Mid-Western Highway and on to the bridge over Grubbenbun Creek from the Bridge into the Recreation Grounds on Harrow Street.  

5.    Blayney Belubula River Walk Project Stage 1    $230,000    
This project is Stage 1 of new infrastructure to be shared by all the Shire-wide community and was a priority project of the Blayney Master Plan (2016).  New shared path from Dakers Oval to Heritage Park along Henry Street and adjacent to the Belubula River will generate significant volunteer interest and support for the restoration of the river, riverbank beautification, removal of willows and native tree plantings with potential funding from Environmental Trust or Landcare. This will complete the construction of a shared concrete path providing pedestrian access from Dakers Oval to Newbridge Road (Glasson Bridge).

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson said the major challenge to getting these projects off the ground is funding so any contribution from the Stronger Communities Fund will be greatly welcomed and appreciated by the community to build a better foundation for our local community infrastructure.

“Council staff have continued to engage with local community groups seeking their feedback and support for the projects shortlisted for the Stronger Country Communities Round this financial year, Cr Ferguson said.

“Each of the projects have been identified in either a Council strategic planning document such as, the Blayney MasterPlan (2016), Active Movement Strategy (2016) or the individual Town or Village Community Plans.”

Cr Ferguson said: “Unfortunately, some of the projects originally identified such as the Carcoar Sportsground and Amenities block, Dakers Oval Toilet Block, King George Oval enhancements and the Neville Multipurpose Court need more planning and design work.  The good news is we will ensure we have more shovel ready projects in time for the 2018/19 funding round.”

“The projects identified will make a significant positive improvement on the health, lifestyle and well-being of the community and visitors to the area,” he said.

A report with further information will be recommended to the next Council meeting on Monday, 16 October from 6pm before making a funding submission with the priority list projects.

The general public are welcome to attend the Council Meeting held at the Shire Council Chambers, Blayney Shire Community Centre, Blayney.

For further information please contact:  
Rebecca Ryan, General Manager on 6368 2104.
Mayor Scott Ferguson, Mayor Blayney Shire Council on 0418 637 828 

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Last modified: 11 Oct 2017

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