Round Two Community Grants

The good news keeps coming for community groups in the Murrumbidgee Council area, with a second round of grant recipients announced.

The Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) Community Grants Program, Round Two will see $518,900 go toward 24 worthy projects from across the three communities of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.

Sporting clubs and schools were among the big winners in this round, including the Darlington Point Club, who will receive $50,000 to install a watering system to the Bowling Green and Club grounds.

“As a social hub for the town there are a number of social bowls games that take place there during the year,” Administrator Austin Evans said.

“Bowls is a game that can be enjoyed by every age in the community and the installation of this new system will enhance the town.

“I would like to congratulate all of the successful community groups.

“I’m glad that we could help so many groups realise dreams that will be of benefit to the community.”

As a newly amalgamated Council, Murrumbidgee Council was allocated $10 million by the NSW Government under the Stronger Communities Fund.

This was broken down into two programs - $8.5 million in the Major Projects Program and the Community Grants Program, which was divided into two rounds.

In Round One funding was approved for 33 projects for grants of up to $50,000 to support important community projects for a combined amount of $1,014,000.

This second round opened in March this year and called for applications from incorporated, not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.

A total of 46 project applications were received in Round Two from 32 organisations for projects to the value of $1.4 million.

Of those, 20 applications were received from Coleambally, 14 from Darlington Point and 12 from Jerilderie.

The Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel met to review the applications at a meeting held on Tuesday, May 16 at Darlington Point.

The Panel comprises The Administrator, Chair of the Local Representation Committee, a Probity Advisor (non-voting), a representative of the State Member for Albury, a representative of the State Member for Murray and Ms Trudi McDonald from the NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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.”

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.

Congratulations to the following Round Two grant recipients:

 •           Coleambally Central School P&C - Outdoor settings $18,800         

•           Coleambally Community Club - Laser level the bowling greens, upgrade to main bar and toilet areas $24,100 

•           Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Fund Coleambally - Looking Forward, Looking Back (an oral history) - (book production) $3,000         

•           Coleambally Motorcycle Club Inc - Construction of Club House and install watering system to track $50,000

•           Coleambally Preschool Association Inc -Floor resurfacing $14,900

•           Coleambally Preschool Association Inc - Shade sails and shed storage $13,500

•           Coleambally Pony Club - Grounds revamp and upgrade $6,600

•           Fusion Drop-in Centre Coleambally - Youth Development $5,000

·                     Coleambally Tennis Club – Replacement of synthetic courts $50,000

•           Lions Club of Coleambally - Jumping Castle and Trailer Project $5,800

•           St Peters Catholic Church - Replacement of chairs $7,000 

•           St Peters Primary School - Multipurpose Court $5,000

•           Jerilderie Men’s Shed - Purchase of Property $50,000

•           Jerilderie Public School P &C Association - Development of Computer and Musical Skills $8,700

•           Jerilderie RSL Sub-Branch -Two Honour Boards and Glass Display Cabinet          $4,800

•           Jerilderie Tennis Club - Upgrade Greens Flags & Putting Cups $1,400

•           Jerilderie Tennis Club - Disabled Toilet within the Jerilderie Sports Club $30,000   

•           St Joseph’s Parent's and Friends Inc - Play Area Soft Fall and Shade Sail $39,600

•           APEX Club of Darlington Point - Flag pole installation and fingerling purchase $9,000        

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Bowling Green and Club Grounds Irrigation $50,000

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Workshop for Maintenance Staff $40,000          

•           Darlington Point Club Ltd - Machinery Storage Shed $28,000

•           Darlington Point Men's Shed - Installation of Solar Panels $9,100

•           Darlington Point Public School Parent's and Citizens Committee - Classroom Board upgrade throughout the school $43,900

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:


NSW GOVERNMENT’S STRONGER COMMUNITIES FUNDS FOR MURRUMBIDGEE COUNCIL COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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.