Council projects and funding received
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. The tenders will be assessed at the September Council Meeting.
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: Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program ($626,000), Stronger Communities Fund ($750,000) and the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($1,008,021). Murrumbidgee Council will also contribute to the project.
Council is currently finalising the design for the project. Works will begin in 2021.
Coleambally Sporting Precinct redevelopment
Coleambally Sporting Precinct will be one of the premier sporting facilities in the area when it's redevelopment is complete.
The redevelopment is being undertaken in two stages. Stage two is now underway, which includes the construction of new player and umpire change rooms and amenities, 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. Works on this project have temporarily ceased while the COVID border restrictions are in place. The expected completion date was March 2021, but this will be reassessed when works can recommence.
Following the announcement of the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3, upgrades and additions are 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.
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.
Works in the water and the construction of the pontoon are well underway. The project has experienced some delays due to the river height preventing access to the infrastructure. The project is expected to be completed in late October 2020.
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.
Darlington Point Wiradjuri Walk
About the project
Council has received funding under the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces program to provide some temporary and semi-permanent activation works around Darlington Point and at some key locations across the Council area.
The main elements are:
- Entrance statements throughout the area
- Upgrading walking and cycling trails
- Public art and interpretative signage in and near Figtree Park
- Temporary street surfacing measures for place activation
- Colourful banners
1. Entrance statements - Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie
What is proposed?
A set of four pillars are proposed to be installed at key entrances into towns.
Darlington Point - One will be placed at Lions Park and one the northwestern intersection of the Kidman Way and the Sturt Hiighway
At Lions Park the fishing sign will be relocated in consultation with members and some small shrubs removed.
Coleambally - South eastern corner of Kingfisher Avenue and the Kidman Way behind the “Coleambally" sign
Jerilderie - South eastern corner of Jerilderie and Southey streets
What will these look like?
2. Upgrading walking and cycling trails
Council will construct a new path in Figtree Park. Council also proposes to extend the concrete path from near the new boat ramp up to Figtree Park. As well, below that to form and upgrade the goanna trail path to just past the bridge.
It is also proposed to do some formalising of paths in the vicinity of the Lions Park and the caravan park, under the bridge and up to the pedestrian walkway.
3. Figtree Park public art and storyboards
- The path leading to the levee bank will be treated and upgraded. Some goannas may also be stencilled into a path or shared space.
- Four storyboards will be erected along the path. These will be metal structures with a ‘book like’ end. One side will be a local Waddi related story, with a photo on the other.
- Two other interpretative signs will be erected on the levee. One of these will include a painting that will be wrapped onto the sign. The painting will depict something about the early settlement of Darlington Point. The other interpretative sign will include a story and photo along a similar theme.
- Some solar lighting may be provided.
- A large curved metal structure about 7 m wide x 4.5 m in height will be erected in front of the toilet with a visually arresting mural painted and wrapped onto it. It is envisaged that this will draw people to the park, to the shops and between the north and south river connections.
- Another ‘leadlight’ metal structure may be erected in the vicinity of the park.
- The fence will be extended out to the south and part of the front fencing may be removed to open up and enlarge the park, although the barrier with the main road and a return will remain.
- Photo wraps will be included on some of the structures and furniture. For example, around the sewer vent stack/pump box, around the garbage bin and one of the gable ends of some of the shelters.
4. Temporary street surfacing
Some temporary surface colour treatment of the pavement area off Stock street and near the shops is proposed and as an option Council will also look at more durable surface treatment of concrete pavements.
Some bollards and relocatable colourful street furniture will be purchased so part of stock Street and the area in front of the shops can be closed off and used for alfresco or” event” activation (ie Fishing day, market day etc)
Colourful banners are proposed along poles in the vicinity of the town centre.
If you have any ideas for a story or if you have an interesting historical photo and you would like Council to consider it for one of the storyboards please let us know. Of particular interest is anything related to the history of Darlington Point and also the Waddi people.
Jerilderie Preschool Long Day Care development
This facility will provide a new purpose built early education facility to accommodate both a preschool program and long day care. Still in the planning phase, the project is awaiting Crown Lands approval for the facility to 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.
Jerilderie 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. The new complex is scheduled to open for the next swimming season in November 2020. This development is funded by Stronger Country Communities Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund grants.
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