There's some exciting projects happening across our area and here's some of the major ones:
Brolga Place redevelopment
Brolga Place in Coleambally is the hub for shopping and community gatherings in Coleambally.
It is proposed to redevelop this important community hub and Council has worked hard with the Chamber of Commerce, businesses and community groups to develop a concept that is support from all areas of the community.
Council called for tenders in June 2020 to design and construct the Brolga Place redevelopment.
Bencubbin Avenue reconstruction, Coleambally
This project is extremely important for Coleambally as Bencubbin Avenue is a major arterial road in Coleambally's industrial estate.
This project will be funded through a number of sources: Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program ($626,000) and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($1,008,021) and NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund ($750,000). Murrumbidgee Council will also contribute to the project.
Council is currently finalising the design for the project. Works will begin in late July 2021 and are expected to be completed in November 2021.
View the plan view and the view of a typical section for the project.
Channel Nine Road reconstruction, Coleambally
This project will be funded through the NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Program within the Restart NSW Fund. This project will commence in August 2021.
Coleambally Sporting Precinct redevelopment
Coleambally Sporting Precinct's redevelopment is being undertaken in stages. Stage two is now underway, which includes new player and umpire change rooms and amenities, and upgrades to the existing Clubhouse including the amenities and scorer’s box. It will also see additions to the netball change rooms, including upgraded amenities and a gymnasium.
The project is funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Round 2, Stronger Communities Fund grants, and a proposed contribution from AFL NSW.
Subject to funding capabilities, alterations and additions are also proposed to the existing squash courts.
Council has awarded the tender for the redevelopment project to Kennedy Builders Pty Ltd at a cost of $1,889,646 (GST inclusive). Work started in late July 2020 and has suffered significant delays during the COVID pandemic.
Following the announcement of the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3, upgrades and additions are also planned for the youth hall and cricket nets.
Stage one of the precinct redevelopment was completed in March 2020. It included a new $434,400 amenities building and junior change rooms at Number 2 oval. This part of the redevelopment was funded by the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 1 and Stronger Communities Fund. This stage of the project was officially opened by Mayor Ruth McRae and Coleambally Junior Football and Netball Club President Danny Graham on 24 April 2021.
Darlington Point Boat Ramp and Floating Pontoon
This $1.1 million project will see a new boat ramp and floating pontoon built on the southern side of the Murrumbidgee River, opposite the Darlington Point Caravan Park and adjacent to the Darlington Point flood levee bank. The project is funded through a $450,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program, with the remainder funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund. The project was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Mayor Ruth McRae on 3 March 2021.
Darlington Point Sports Facilities Upgrade
This project involves extensive improvements to the Darlington Point Oval change rooms, including adding female change rooms (funded by NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 1 and Stronger Communities Fund). It also involves upgrading the existing toilets, kitchen and men’s change rooms and further renovations of grounds and equipment (funded by Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2, Stronger Communities Fund and contribution levies provided by the Darlington Point Solar Farm project). This project was completed in August 2020.
Darlington Point Lions Club toilet block and display
This project costing $580,712 will result in a new purpose built toilet block and display area for historic items. The new amenities will also provide storage facilities for the local Lions Club. This project was completed in August 2020. Funding for this project has been provided by the Stronger Communities Fund grant. The project was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Mayor Ruth McRae on 3 March 2021.
Darlington Point Wiradjuri Walk
This project was funded through the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces program to provide temporary and semi-permanent activation works around Darlington Point and at some key locations across the Council area.
The name 'Wiradjuri Walk' symbolises the journey we've all made through history, starting with the First Nations people more than 60,000 years ago and continuing today in 2021. Together, we're building a future that remembers our past and celebrates the future.
Elements of the project include:
- Public art created by Kerri Weymouth, Bohie Palacek and the Waddi Art Group.
- Historical photos.
- Storyboards capturing the area's history.
- More clearly defined walking and cycling trails around Fig Tree Park. These now join up with the 1.8 km Goanna Walking Track, which is a track that meanders beside the river through red river gum and black box forests, and finishes at the mystical 'Bunyip Hole'.
- New entrance statements.
- New fencing and bins to improve the accessibility, amenity and vibrancy of Fig Tree Park.
Drought Communities Programme
Council received two instalments of $1 million as part of this Australian Government program aimed at stimulating the local economy. Projects included:
- beautifying the towns of Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie
- upgrades to the three public swimming pools, including disabled access and BBQ facilities
- enhancing Christmas with new decorations in each of the three towns
- employment of the Drought Support Officer
- continuing the employment of the Drought Support Officer to focus on community engagement and well-being activities in the Council area, as well as providing assistance to drought affected businesses and families, and
- developing an Adverse Event Plan (mandatory project with the funding).
- kerb and guttering
- tree guards
- shade structures
- employment of the Drought Support Officer
Local suppliers and contractors were utilised wherever possible.
Jerilderie Early Learning Centre (ELC)
This facility will provide a new purpose built early education facility to accommodate both a preschool program and long day care. It will offer 48 places for babies up to 5 year olds and will be instrumental in filling the void in childcare services in the area. It will be built on the site of the old tennis courts at Elliott Park. This project has been funded by Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund grants, as well as grants sourced by the ELC Committee. Construction firm, Dezign, has been engaged by Murrumbidgee Council to undertake the project. The first sod was officially turned on the project by Member for Albury Justin Clancy, Mayor Ruth McRae, Jerilderie Early Learning Centre President Stephanie Girdwood on 28 May 2021. It is anticipated the new centre will be finished by January 2022.
Jerilderie Swimming Pool upgrade
This $1.96 million project involves the replacement of the 25 metre pool, the toddler and baby pool area. The new complex will be a major improvement on the current one that is aged and no longer meets current health and safety requirements. Demolition and excavation has been completed and the site is now being prepared. This development was funded by the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund grants. It was officially opened by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP and Mayor Ruth McRae on 10 March 2021.
Luke Park upgrade, Jerilderie
The $2 million upgrade of Luke Park will see the connections enhanced within and outside the park precinct. Elements of the project include a deck extension to connect Jerilderie Civic Hall to increase the open space experiences available and pedestrian and visual connections. Other works will include improvements to the Bush Tucker Trail, the walking trail, public art and signage and cultural heritage awareness elements. The project is funded through the NSW Government Public Spaces Legacy Program 2020-21.
New cattle feedlot - Beefcorp Farms Pty Ltd
Beefcorp Pty Ltd will build a new $3.4 million feedlot in Logie Brae. It will have a capacity of 7,680 cattle and will specialise in high quality wagyu beef. The proposal was approved at the March Council meeting.
Government funding received
NSW Government Shared Spaces Program
Council received $460,000 to September 2020
NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund
Round 3 (announced April 2020)
Supply of equipment and upgrades to Coleambally Sports Precinct. This includes:
Student facilities upgrades for Darlington Point Public School (Darlington Point Public School P&C)
Provision of splash park at Darlington Point
Provision of a pump track/skate park at Jerilderie
Rehabilitate Jerilderie Lake banks
Replace lighting towers and upgrade LED lighting at Monash Park
Murrumbidgee Local Community Champions Youth Project (auspiced by Petaurus Group)
|Jerilderie Swimming Pool - upgrading||$1,331,250|
|Jerilderie Pres School and Long Day Care Centre||$994,000|
|Coleambally Stadium Refurbishment- A Multi-Purpose Multi User Facility||$320,000|
Greening 9 Holes at Darlington Point—An irrigation system to redevelop the Course
|Jerilderie Race Club/Showgrounds - amenity improvement||$252,005|
|Coleambally - Pride of Place||$225,000|
Darlington Point - Promoting and Improving Recreation Sporting Infrastructure
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:
Round 2 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 Peter's 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
Round 1 Grant Recipients:
- 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-$25,00
- 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