Community Grants Round 2

Murrumbidgee Council has had an overwhelming response to Round 2 of the Community Grants Fund (CGF).

Forty six applications from various community groups across the Local Government Area have been received for this round, totalling more than $1.5 million.

The CGF Round 2 will allocate up to $500,000 in grants to incorporated not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

The maximum grant allocation available per project approval is $50,000, with all applications to be assessed by a Fund Assessment Panel established by Council.

Administrator Austin Evans said he was pleased to see so many groups take the opportunity to apply.

“The fact that we have so many good applications for worthwhile projects won’t make it easy for the assessment panel,” he said.

“The great thing about these grants is that we all benefit in the end because the projects help build a stronger and more vibrant community.”

 Council’s Local Representation Committee (LRC) will meet to discuss the submissions on 9 May followed by a meeting of the Fund Assessment Panel, with the results going to the next Council Meeting on 25 May.

 Community groups will be notified of their success or otherwise.

Murrumbidgee Council Community Grants Fund Round 2

7 March 2017 - Media Release

Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce that Round 2 of the Community Grants Fund (CGF) will open on Monday 13 March.

Last November, Council allocated $1 million to 33 projects under Round 1, which are now at various stages of implementation.

The Community Grants Program Round 2 will allocate up to $500,000 in grants to incorporated not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

The maximum grant allocation available per project approval is $50,000, with all applications to be assessed by a Fund Assessment Panel established by Council.

On the recommendation of the Assessment Panel six projects amounting to $264,000 that were submitted under Round 1, will be considered together with any new applications received.

Administrator Austin Evans is encouraging eligible community groups to apply.

“These grants are a great way for groups to ease the financial burden associated with delivering projects or purchasing new equipment,” he said.

“We look forward to receiving strong applications that will produce some positive outcomes for our communities.

“Round 1 was extremely popular so I’m pleased to be able to announce this additional funding.”

Application forms are available from the three branch offices or can be downloaded below.

Completed application forms need to be received at Murrumbidgee Council by 5pm Monday 24 April 2017.

Email Attention - Andrew Crakanthorp, Deputy General Manager or by mail to Murrumbidgee Council Attn: Andrew Crakanthorp, Deputy General Manager 21 Carrington Street, Darlington Point NSW 2706

Community Grants Round 2 Application Form

Stronger Communities Fund

The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government to provide councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.

A list of Community projects that have been approved so far under the Stronger Communities Fund can be found below:

Community Infrastructure Fund

The following applications were approved under Council Community Infrastructure Fund after Community consultation:


MEDIA RELEASE - 8 November 2016

The NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Funds will inject $1million into the Murrumbidgee Council region after the first round of successful funding grants were announced.

Murrumbidgee Council Administrator, Austin Evans, said 33 community projects totalling $1million had been approved during an extraordinary meeting of Council today.

Nineteen projects totalling $522,000 have been declined because they did not meet the criteria or were assessed as being unsuitable. 

Meanwhile 30 projects were not funded but may be approved if there is further funding available under a future round. A number of these require more detail or have been combined with others and moved across to the Major Projects Fund. Those in the Major Projects Program will be co-ordinated in a strategic manner involving community consultation.  Details of that process will be publicised soon.

All applicants will be notified by mail in the coming week of the success or otherwise of their application.

The projects have been made possible under the first round of Stronger Communities Fund, delivered by the NSW Government as part of the merger between Murrumbidgee Shire and Jerilderie Shire.

Mr Evans said the funds will help community groups contribute to the community’s long term vibrancy and viability across the three towns of Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie, with projects ranging from $4,250 to $50,000.

“Community interest in round one of the Stronger Communities Fund grants was very strong in the Murrumbidgee Council area, with 82 applications submitted,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many organisations with worthwhile community initiatives planned and I look forward to seeing them implemented.”

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli, said the funding will provide the necessary support to community projects to ensure their success.

“I am very pleased that the financial assistance from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Funds will secure the completion of vital projects in the community,” Mr Piccoli said.

“The range of projects reflects the diverse interests and the infrastructure people need in the new local Government area,” Mr Piccoli concluded.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin, welcomed the announcement of the grants in the Jerilderie area.

“The number and range of projects advanced by enthusiastic community groups was impressive and I am delighted that many will now be delivered,” Mr Aplin said.

Joining Mr Evans on the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel was Ruth McRae -Chair of the Local Representation Committee, a Probity Advisor, a representative of the State Member for Albury, a representative of the State Member for Murray and Department of Premier and Cabinet Regional Co-ordinator, Trudi McDonald.

Each of the 19 merged Councils across New South Wales were given $1million by the State Government to be shared among community groups in this first round, with each application eligible for up to $50,000.

The successful projects under Round One of the Murrumbidgee Council Stronger Communities Fund program are:

Jerilderie Community Gym: Purchase equipment for the community gym- $47,000

Coleambally Sweatbox Community Gym: Purchase of new gym equipment, rubber flooring, commercial fans, TV's and DVD- $33,000

Coleambally Pistol Club: New clubhouse, new pistol range and water tank-$46,500

Coleambally Clay Target Club: Construct new trap houses-$49,700

Jerilderie Tennis Club: Construction of a new storage shed and disabled toilet -$50,000

Coleambally Squash Club: Resurface Coleambally Squash courts-$25,000

Coleambally Preschool:  Installation of solar panels -$7,400

Coleambally Lions Club: New ride-on lawn mower-$7,500

Coleambally Preschool: Resurface floor and install storage shed-$12,500

Jerilderie Tennis Club: Reroof Jerilderie Sports Club building -$49,000

Coleambally Lions Club: Paint Bucyrus Dragline-$4,600

Coleambally Chamber of Commerce: Purchase equipment for community events for community organisations across the Murrumbidgee Council area- $10,500

Riverina Vintage Machinery Club (Coleambally): Purchase portable building with disabled access ramp- $45,100

Coleambally Chamber of Commerce: Quilting workshops with renowned Australian Artists- $4,200

Coleambally Community Club: Installation of playground and outdoor area - $50,000

Coleambally Central School P & C: Build sandpit with water trough for experiments and resurfacing of existing basketball court-$50,000

Coleambally Water Ski Club: New shade shelter-$18,900

Jerilderie CWA: Upgrade of toilet facility to include disabled access-$15,700

Jerilderie Cricket Club: Install seating, shade and access to practice nets- $21,500

Anglican Parish of Coleambally Darlington Point: Install air conditioning at Darlington Point Hall-$21,000

Darlington Point Men's Shed: Construct meeting room, timber work/paint room. Improve stormwater drainage of land and building north of main shed-$50,000

Jerilderie Football Club: Replace Boundary Fence and Interchange facilities-$39,600

Jerilderie Preschool: Indoor Refurbishment-$44,000

Jerilderie Swimming Club: Upgrading swimming equipment- $5,000

Coleambally Golf Club Inc: Automatic watering systems for fairways 3 & 9-$49,000

Coleambally Golf Club Inc. Automatic watering system for fairways 1 & 6- $27,900

Jerilderie Public School P & C: Soft fall rubber in playground- $49,200

Jerilderie Arts and Talent Society: Sound equipment, smoke machine and headsets-$10,700

Coleambally St Peters Primary School: Upgrade school quadrangle-$30,990

Coleambally Men's Shed: Storage facility for donated used batteries, materials used for furniture restoring- $43,700

Coleambally Chamber of Commerce: Sewing machines, over lockers and tables-$23,200

Murrumbidgee Shire Experiment Farm: Develop a 22ha section for farming-$50,000

Darlington Point Lions Club: Barbecue and bench at Darlington Point Lions Club Park -$20,000

Click here  to view the Business Paper and Minutes of the Extraordinary meeting held on 8 November 2016.

Netballers Benefit from Funds

05 December, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE


Netballers in Jerilderie have good reason to celebrate as courts at the Monash Park Oval get a much-needed overhaul.

The work, to build two new courts and install seating and lighting, has been made possible thanks to an injection of $204,500 to Jerilderie Netball Club from Murrumbidgee Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund.

Murrumbidgee Council Administrator, Austin Evans, said it was great news for the many netball teams and schools that use the courts each week.

“The removal of the old netball courts and the construction of two new ones will allow for greater use by local players,” Mr Evans said.

“These courts are an essential asset to the town, they provide an avenue for fitness and they contribute to the social fabric of the community.”

The old courts were suffering from major cracking and were not compliant with Netball Victoria safety regulations.

Mr Evans said the improvements will benefit the whole town, with the upgrade allowing the Jerilderie Netball Club to host the 2018 Picola League Grand Final.

“These new courts will provide an economic boost and will encourage participation in a safe environment for our current and future players,” he said.

The Jerilderie Netball Club courts are one of 11 projects announced by Council to receive funding under the $9 million Community Infrastructure Fund. 

Some of the other projects given the green light include an upgrade to the Central Coree Community Hall, Kerbing and sealing of driveway and car park for the Balmeringa Senior Citizens Committee in Jerilderie and the installation of exercise stations around Lake Jerilderie.

There will be more funding opportunities available to local groups within the Murrumbidgee Council area after the February 2017 Council Meeting.

CELEBRATION: Jerilderie Netball Club President Tiffany Sutton and Murrumbidgee Council Local Representation Committee (LRC) Chair Ruth McRae applaud the start of works to upgrade the Monash Park Oval netball courts.