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. Tenders are being reviewed.
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 bean outstanding sporting facility 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 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. The works had been expected to be completed by March 2021, however the COVID border restrictions have caused significant delays.
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 $1.2 million project involved the construction of a new boat ramp and floating pontoon 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 was 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 completed in January 2021. It was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae in 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 $547,000 included a new purpose built toilet block and display area for historic items. The new amenities also provided storage facilities for the local Lions Club. Funding for this project was provided by the Stronger Communities Fund grant. This project was completed in August 2020. It was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae in March 2021.
Darlington Point Wiradjuri Walk (Streets as Shared Spaces Project)
Proudly funded by the NSW Government
Council received $460,000 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 works will be undertaken in 2021. The main elements are:
1. Entrance statements - Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie
A set of four pillars is proposed to be installed at key entrances into towns (sample image below).
Darlington Point - One will be placed at Lions Park and one the northwestern intersection of the Kidman Way and the Sturt Highway. 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
2. Upgrading walking and cycling trails
Council will construct a new path in Fig Tree Park. We also propose to extend the concrete path from near the new boat ramp up to Fig Tree 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. Fig Tree 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 we 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.
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 the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund. This project is currently out to tender, closing on 26 March 2021.
Jerilderie Pool upgrade
The $1.94 million upgrade opened to the public in November 2020. The upgrade included the replacement of the 25 metre pool and the wader pool, new amenities and filtration buildings and landscaping works. The new complex is a major improvement on the old one that was aged and no longer met current health and safety requirements. This development was funded by the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund.
Jerilderie Sports Stadium and Gym upgrade
A new studio room was completed in January 2021. The project was made possible with a $225,000 grant through the NSW Government's Sport Election Commitments Program for Female Sports.
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.