There's some exciting projects happening across our area and here's some of the major ones:
Across the whole Local Government Area
Superfast digital connectivity program which will deliver new coverage across 6,400 sq km, boosting internet and mobile data to over 3,000 residents and 430 businesses. Project partners: Federal Government, Field Solutions Group, Murrumbidgee Council, Nokia (technology partner), Altina Wildlife Park, Cavaso Farming, Cotton Australia & Coleambally Irrigation. Under the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP), the project will add new ‘true broadband’ technology on three existing towers and build two new 45m telco towers along the Newell Highway and Kidman Way. Announced by Member for Farrer Sussan Ley in April 2021.
Bundure Telstra Mobile Base Station
Location: Kidman Way, Bundure
Benefits: New and improved 4G mobile network coverage along the Kidman Way and more consistent data speeds for rural residents and visitors
Funded by: Jointly funded by Telstra and Murrumbidgee Council (Council contributed $400,000 through the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund)
Relevant dates: Switched on in March 2021
Coleambally, Bencubbin Avenue reconstruction
This project is extremely important for Coleambally as Bencubbin Avenue is a major arterial road in Coleambally's industrial estate.
Funded by: 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.
Coleambally, Brolga Place redevelopment
Details: Brolga Place 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.
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund
Relevant dates: Tenders called for in June 2020 to design and construct the Brolga Place redevelopment.
Coleambally, Calrose Avenue
Funded by: NSW Government Fixing Local Roads Program ($584,700)
Relevant dates: Funding announced October 2021
Coleambally, Channel Nine Road
Funded through: NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Program within the Restart NSW Fund.
Relevant dates: Commenced in August 2021
Coleambally Community Hall
Details: Coleambally Community Hall will be refurbished to improve its usability for meetings and other events.
Contractors: Architect - Steven Murray
Relevant dates: A Development Proposal for the project was submitted in September 2021. Contruction commening: June 2022
Designs before and after
Coleambally, Four Corners Road - reconstructionDesign phase (March 2022). Funded by the Australian Government.
Coleambally Sporting Precinct redevelopment
Project cost: $369,307
Details: amenities building and junior change rooms at Number 2 oval.
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 1 and Stronger Communities Fund.
Contractor: Architect - Steven Murray. Construction - Kennedy Builderes
Relevant dates: Completed in March 2020. Officially opened by Mayor Ruth McRae and Coleambally Junior Football and Netball Club President Danny Graham on 24 April 2021.
Project cost: $1.9 million
Details: 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, upgrades and additions to the youth hall and a new cricket pitch.
Funded by: NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Rounds 2 and 3 and Stronger Communities Fund grants.
Contractor: Architect - Steven Murray. Construction - Kennedy Builders Pty Ltd.
Relevant dates: Work started in late July 2020 and has suffered significant delays during the COVID pandemic.
We are pursuing funding to make alterations and additions to the existing squash courts and undertake civil works and drainage.
View the plans for the Coleambally Sports Precinct >> part 1 and part 2.
Darlington Point Boat Ramp and Floating Pontoon
Project Cost: $1.1 million
Features: boat ramp and floating pontoon
Location: Southern side of the Murrumbidgee River, opposite the Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park and adjacent to the Darlington Point flood levee bank
Contractor: Comdain Infrastructure
Funded by: $450,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program, with the remainder funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund
Relevant dates: The project was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Mayor Ruth McRae on 3 March 2021
Darlington Point Lift and Change Amenities
Details: A new amenities block with off-road parking will be built in Darlington Point along Carrington Street (Kidman Way) in front of the cemetery. It will include a lift and change facility to cater for people with severe disabilities as they're unable to use current standard accessible toilets.
Funded by: $349,980 grant through the Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Relevant dates: Construction commencing: June 2022
Notes: Council adopted a Masterplan at the May 2021 Meeting to install amenities blocks which include lift and change facilities for people with disabilities in each town in the Council area.
Darlington Point Mini Skate Bowl
Location: CWA Park (addition to existing Skate Park)
Features: flatbanks, roll-ins, high rails, quarter pockets and a mogul blend
Design and construction: Haley Constructions
Project cost: $204,209
Funded by: Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Relevant dates: Construction began - October 2021. Project completed - December 2021. Officially opened by Member for Farrer Sussan Ley and Mayor Ruth McRae in April 2022.
Darlington Point Splash Park
Location: near the existing Darlington Point Swimming Pool
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3
Cost: $316,528.00 (GST exclusive)
Relevant dates: Called for tenders September 2021. Community engagement - November 2021. Tender awarded to ELM Aquatics (Design and Construct) in December 2022. Construction start: late February 2022. Project complete: May 2022.
Darlington Point Sports Facilities Upgrade
Details: 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).
- 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).
Darlington Point Lions Club toilet block and display
Project cost: $580,712
Details: new purpose built toilet block and display area for historic items. The new amenities will also provide storage facilities for the local Lions Club.
Contractors: Architect - Steven Murray, Construction - Adaptive Interiors
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund
Relevant dates: This project was completed in August 2020. The project was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke and Mayor Ruth McRae on 3 March 2021.
Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park
A $9 million staged upgrade to Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park is proposed with the Master Plan for the park’s future development. Council plans to fund the project with a mixture of capital grants (yet to be secured) and loan borrowings. Based on the projections in the Master Plan, the construction phases will provide 30 new local jobs and inject $15.66 million into the Murrumbidgee Council economy.
Stage 1: eight new elevated cabins/eco structures on short term sites, a new camp kitchen building, upgrading the main amenities building to include an accessible bathroom, new reception, new splash pad and new playground, improvements to the Town Beach Reserve Precinct, which include widening the roads, new car parking areas, clearing and levelling the area, new park furniture and landscaping, new public toilet and a serviced pad for food vans.
Stage 2: seven more elevated cabins, new concrete slab/synthetic grass pads on 29 caravan sites, upgrading the internal road network, upgrading the southern amenity buildings and installing en-suites in 4 short-term sites. Some of the other inclusions include a new BBQ shelter for camping area and a new river viewing deck.
Relevant dates: Community consultation (draft masterplan) - August 2021, Masterplan - adopted September 2021
Darlington Point Wiradjuri Walk
Details: 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.
Funded by: NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces program
Relevant dates: The project was completed in June 2021
Drought Communities Programme and Drought Communities Extension 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
- 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 component of the funding).
- kerb and guttering
- tree guards
- shade structures
- employment of the Drought Support Officer
Local suppliers and contractors were utilised wherever possible.
Four Corners Road, Coleambally
Funded by: NSW Government Fixing Local Roads Program ($1,566,000)
Relevant dates: Funding announced October 2021
Jerilderie, Bolton StreetSurvey and design underway for pavement and kerb reinstatement (March 2022) Funded by NSW Government.
Jerilderie Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Details: 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.
Location: It will be built on the site of the old tennis courts at Elliott Park.
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund grants, as well as grants sourced by the ELC Committee.
Contractors: Architect: Steven Murray. Construction: Dezign
Relevant dates: 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 May 2022.
Jerilderie Skatepark/Pump Track
Details: Designed as both a skatepark and pumptrack, it will cater for skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes
Location: Elliott Park (on the Jerilderie Street/Newell Highway side)
Funded by: NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund, Round 3 ($263,900) and Australian Government Local Roads & Community Infrastructure funds of $100,000.
Contractors: Haley Constructions.
Dates: Community consultation - April 2021 (concepts) and November 2021 (design). Construction commencement date: 22 November 2021. Project completed: February 2022. Offically opened by Member for Farrer Sussan Ley and Member for Albury Justin Clancy in April 2022.
>> View the designs.
Jerilderie Sports Stadium and Community Gym - Studio addition
Project cost: $225,000
Details: The studio room contains: full length mirrored wall, portable ballet stand, air-conditioning and lighting.
Contractor: Kennedy Builders
Funded by: $225,000 grant from the NSW Government's Sport Election Commitments Program for Female Sports Participation (Office of Sport).
Relevant dates: The studio room was completed in January 2021. It was officially opened by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP and Mayor Ruth McRae on 10 March 2021
- Grandstand Roof: Project cost: $67,800. Funding source: NSW Government Crown Lands Stimulus Funding $67,800.
- Amenities block: Project cost: $305,502. Funding source: NSW Government Strong Country Communities Fund Round 1B and Stronger Communities Fund.
Relevant dates: Officially opened by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP, Mayor Ruth McRae and President of the Jerilderie Race Club Des McRae on 10 March 2021
Jerilderie Swimming Pool upgrade
Project cost: $1.96 million project
Details: Replacement of the 25 metre pool, the toddler and baby pool area.
Contractor: Total Creations and Services
Funded by: NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Round 2 and Stronger Communities Fund
Relevant dates: Completed in November 2020. It was officially opened by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP and Mayor Ruth McRae on 10 March 2021
Luke Park upgrade, Jerilderie
Project cost: $2 million
Details: 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.
Funded by: NSW Government Public Spaces Legacy Program 2020-21