Stronger Country Communities Fund
Murrumbidgee Council continues to build the region, with funding for more local projects in its sights.
This time Council is working to secure funding under the NSW Government’s recently announced Stronger Country Communities grant program.
The Stronger Country Communities grant program is part of the NSW Government’s larger $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.
This broader Regional Growth Fund is split into several streams, with more funding opportunities expected to open later this year.
Council is being guided by previous community consultation following the allocation of the Stronger Communities Fund, which has helped establish a priority list.
Currently under consideration are a range of projects from that list to submit to various grant programs. Each program has specific eligibility criteria aimed at different areas of need from sporting, community and business-related projects, to water and transport infrastructure.
A number of projects from the priority list that may meet the criteria for the Stronger Country Communities Fund are being investigated including:
• Junior Change Rooms, Coleambally Sportsground
• Construct Toilet Facilities at Coleambally Cemetery
• Refurbish Toilet Facilities, Lions Park Coleambally
• Female Change Rooms, Darlington Point Sportsground
• Refurbish Toilet Facilities, Lions Park Darlington Point
• Provide Community Notice Boards and Town Information Bays (both Darlington Point and Coleambally)
• Refurbish and add interpretive signage to Goanna Track Darlington Point
• Jerilderie Swimming Pool Upgrade
• Toilet Facilities, Jerilderie Racecourse
• Yamma Hall Upgrade
Council has until 13 September to prepare and submit detailed submissions for projects to be funded from the Stronger Country Communities Fund. A first round offer of $1.52m is available for the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area. Council has been advised that to be considered under the current round, projects need to be well-developed, fully planned and costed.
Council’s Economic, Tourism and Community Development Manager Gerrie Carr-MacFie said the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been established to build infrastructure such as new parks, playgrounds, pathways and refurbish local schools, health facilities, community centres, libraries and local parks for rural and regional communities.
“There is only a short window for submissions in the first round of this funding,” she said.
“However a further round of funding under the program is expected next year.
“We are doing our very best to make sure we get the biggest return on our dollars so that our Council area benefits from all of these different funding opportunities that are available.”
Following the submissions, the NSW Government will consult further with the community as part of the assessment process. A sample of 100 residents will be randomly selected to participate in a phone survey to determine what projects are the most important to the community.
Murrumbidgee Council is commencing rates harmonisation across the Council area.
Murrumbidgee Council’s spending for the coming year will continue to focus on roads and capital projects, with the draft budget now on display for public comment.
Community groups located in or servicing the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for funding through the Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community Grants Programs.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced applications are now open for the Council’s Student Scholarship Program. The scholarships are available to students who are attending a tertiary institution in 2021. This includes university, TAFE and other recognised tertiary education providers.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking community ideas for the design of Darlington Point’s proposed mini skate bowl. Murrumbidgee Council Director of Infrastructure Tom Dimec said the new facility will build on the facilities already available at the skate park, which are very popular among locals and visitors.
Work to upgrade more than 500 streetlights to energy efficient technology will begin on 10 May in Murrumbidgee Council’s area as part of a major energy efficiency project that will save the Council, and ultimately ratepayers, thousands in electricity bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Coleambally’s new junior change room facilities at Oval Number 2 were officially opened on Saturday 24 April with players, supporters and officials on hand for the occasion.
Farrer MP Sussan Ley today announced a $1.2m agreement to super charge telecommunications for communities in and around Jerilderie, Coleambally and Darlington Point.
Relaxing in the beautiful balmy autumn sunshine, great live music food in the company of family and friends is Murrumbidgee Council’s vision for the Autumn Festivals being held across the Council area.
Skaters, scooters and BMX riders can have their say on the proposed design and location of Jerilderie’s new skatepark and pumptrack. Murrumbidgee Council Director of Infrastructure Tom Dimec said the new facility will be an exciting recreational and social space for locals and visitors to Jerilderie.
Residents and visitors to Jerilderie this week will see a major artwork emerge as work gets underway on the wall at the Jerilderie Swimming Pool. Murrumbidgee Council has commissioned renowned graffiti and street artist, Matt Thompson from MT Design in Melbourne to create the piece.
Fresh new artworks and sculptural pieces are popping up throughout Coleambally, Jerilderie and Darlington Point, as part of Murrumbidgee Council’s vision to showcase the unique aspects of each of the three towns.
Four key infrastructure projects have been officially opened at Jerilderie by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP and Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae. The projects are Jerilderie Swimming Pool upgrade, Studio addition at Jerilderie Sports Stadium, new grandstand roof at Jerilderie Showground and new amenities at Jerilderie Showground.
The Women's Business Networking event held at Coleambally on 10 March 2021 was a resounding success with 25 women from across the Murrumbidgee Council area attending. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae was the MC for the event, hosted by Murrumbidgee Council as part of NSW Women’s Week.
Telstra has switched on a new mobile base station in Bundure, helping provide new and improved 4G mobile network coverage along the Kidman Highway and more consistent data speeds for rural residents and visitors. The new tower is jointly funded by Telstra and Murrumbidgee Council.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke has opened two major infrastructure projects in Darlington Point. The NSW Government has supported a $580,712 display centre and amenities at Lions Park, which proudly showcases The Dennis historic firefighting unit, and a new boat ramp and floating pontoon on the Murrumbidgee River with a $1.2 million investment.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday 4 March 2021 in Jerilderie. Taking the pledge were Mrs Amelita Carpio from Darlington Point and also Mr Maiwand Rasooly and his two sons Rehan and Subhan, now living in Sydney but formerly from Jerilderie.
NSW Women’s Week is running from 8 to 14 March 2021 and business women in the Murrumbidgee Council area have the opportunity to attend a free networking event as part of the celebrations. Murrumbidgee Council, supported by Darlington Point Business Connect, Coleambally Chamber of Commerce and the up-and-coming Jerilderie Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the free networking evening for women in business in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.
Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to stop off in Jerilderie to recharge at a new fast charger in the town centre, as the NSW Government co-funds 20 stations across the regions to extend the travel network and send tourist dollars to town.
Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae congratulated this year’s Australia Day Award recipients for their outstanding contribution to their communities.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced Tom Dimec has joined the organisation as the new Director of Infrastructure. Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce welcomed Mr Dimec’s appointment and said he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in engineering and asset management, together with excellent managerial and operational skills.
Jerilderie’s Australia Day celebrations will take on a new look this year due to COVID-19 protocols. The usual large scale event with fireworks and live music at Lake Jerilderie has been cancelled, with a high tea for Australia Day awardees and their invited guests instead.
The summer fun will continue across the Murrumbidgee Council area with summer bashes to be held at Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said the events are sure to be a great family day out with free entry, entertainment and a free sausage sizzle.
Residents and developers in the Murrumbidgee Council area can look forward to a streamlined application process with Council moving to online lodgement of applications for development.
Jerilderie residents and businesses will be asked to adopt permanent water saving practices following Murrumbidgee Council’s implementation of year-round raw water restrictions for the township.
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the newly upgraded Jerilderie Swimming Pool will reopen on Saturday 21 November 2020. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said it is very exciting the new facility is finished in time for summer.
A $2,000 education bursary is currently on offer to residents in the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area who will be studying at a tertiary institution next year.
Murrumbidgee Council is encouraging residents to clean out the shed and tidy up the yard in preparation for the summer fire season.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced applications are now open for the 2020 Murrumbidgee Council Foundation Scholarship at Charles Sturt University.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling for nominations for the local Australia Day awards. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we have a number of awards that recognise the amazing contributions people make in our community.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking feedback from residents in the locality of Coree, near Jerilderie, to see if they support changing to Jerilderie’s postcode of 2716, rather than using Deniliquin’s postcode of 2710.
Four of Murrumbidgee Council’s unsealed roads will be signposted as ‘Dry weather road only’ as Council is concerned at the dangers to motorists who attempt to use these roads in wet conditions and the damage caused to the roads.
Murrumbidgee Council currently has three exciting art opportunities in the pipeline and is calling on regional artists to take part. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from experienced artists for the concept development, design and production of three public art projects across our area.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed Mr Joseph Lia, the area’s newest Australian citizen, at a Citizenship Ceremony in Jerilderie.
Murrumbidgee Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend (19-20 September 2020) to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.
Murrumbidgee Council is offering Murrumbidgee’s youth the chance to try out the latest sporting craze with a free game of foot golf.
Sport across the region may have been quieter than usual this year, but Jerilderie’s Monash Park has been a hive of activity with the installation of impressive new light towers and LED lighting.
Murrumbidgee Council’s Wiradjuri Walk proposal is one of 48 successful proposals across the State and will come to life thanks to $460,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.
Murrumbidgee Council will hold a microchipping clinic at Darlington Point on Thursday 27 August from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm.
Local businesses in the Murrumbidgee Council area have the opportunity to join together for promotion, networking and development activities as part of the new Murrumbidgee Chamber of Commerce, which will be known as ‘Business Murrumbidgee’.
Work has commenced on stage two of the major upgrade to Coleambally’s Sporting Precinct.
Residents across the Murrumbidgee Council area have embraced Murrumbidgee Council’s proposal to revitalise the towns of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie through the Town Revitalisation Project.
Residents and visitors alike can look forward to a makeover of Murrumbidgee Council’s townships in the coming months. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we have some exciting concepts in mind for each of our towns, including planter boxes, street art, tree planting and focused lighting. We’re now seeking community feedback on these ideas.
Councillors at Murrumbidgee Council have collectively supported the decision to keep their fees the same as for 2019/20 at the June Council meeting.
Making townships more appealing and welcoming to live in and visit will be key influences in how Murrumbidgee Council spends the latest round of Australian Government Drought funding.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced the recipients of the 2020 Community Grants Program.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is delighted to announce Council’s offices and the Jerilderie Library will reopen on 1 June 2020.
Playgrounds in Murrumbidgee Council area will be reopened as COVID-19 restrictions are eased across NSW.
Jerilderie residents and businesses are being asked to change their watering practices in a bid to curb the amount of raw water the township is using.
Community groups can now apply for funding through the Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community grants programs.
Community facilities in the Murrumbidgee Council area will receive more than $1 million in funding through Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
A new $3.4 million feedlot will be built by Beefcorp Farms Pty Ltd in Logie Brae which is part of Murrumbidgee Council area.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is asking for community input to guide Council’s long term planning decisions and future development of the area.
Murrumbidgee Council invites youth across the Murrumbidgee Council area to celebrate Youth Week 2020 with a "Tackling ISO life" creative arts competition and a "Stay at Home" colouring-in competition.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is appealing to the Murrumbidgee community to stay safe and stay home this Easter.
The Jerilderie Swimming Complex will receive a welcome revamp with working starting in April 2020.
Eighty women have joined together to celebrate 2020 International Women’s Day at a luncheon hosted by Murrumbidgee Council in Jerilderie with guest speaker Dr Hannah MacDougall.
Coleambally Equestrian Centre is looking good following a grant from Murrumbidgee Council for an upgrade to the grounds and equipment.
Jump on the bus to Griffith for a fun day out of bowling, laser tag, rock climbing and arcade games.
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of Jerilderie Australia Day awards.
The Jerilderie Australia Day Committee posthumously bestowed upon Ian Sneddon the very great honour of being conferred as Patron of the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee at the 2020 Australia Day event.
Murrumbidgee Council is proud to support educational development in the community with the annual Student Scholarship program.
Murrumbidgee Council has introduced restrictions on raw water usage for the Jerilderie township.
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the Australia Day Ambassador for 2020 is renowned rifle shooter, Warren Potent.
Murrumbidgee Council has officially welcomed two new citizens to the area at a Citizenship Ceremony.
Jerilderie is set for an afternoon of fun on Saturday 21 December 2019 with the Mid-summer Bash at the swimming pool, hosted by Murrumbidgee Council.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has invited the whole community to join together for special free ‘Escape the Drought’ events in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.
Know someone who deserves recognition in the community - nominate them now for a local Australia Day award.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced the pools at Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie will open for the summer swimming season on Tuesday 5 November 2019. Entry to the pools will be free for the 2019/20 swimming season.
Murrumbidgee Council has placed the draft Community Participation Plan on public exhibition and is encouraging the local community to provide feedback.
Murrumbidgee Council has hosted another successful Monash Dinner, with guest speaker and Monash's great grandson, Michael Bennett. Also part of the evening was the announcement of Grace Leeds as the 2019 Bursary recipient.
Murrumbidgee Councillors have re-elected Cr Ruth McRae as Mayor and Cr Robert Black as Deputy Mayor.
Darlington Point was abuzz on Saturday with visitors and locals enjoying the beautiful weather and a great range of activities.
Have your child car seat checked at a free inspection on Thursday 26 September 2019 at Murrumbidgee Council carpark 9.00 am - 12 noon.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking feedback from Jerilderie residents who listen to SBS radio on 2SBS FM 91.7
Murrumbidgee Council is advising motorists of the temporary closure of Hay Road from Britts Road to the Sturt Highway, while levee bank construction works are in progress.
Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae has announced residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements through the Scores on Doors program.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling on community and sporting organisations to provide details on projects they would like included in applications for Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the annual Monash Dinner and Oration will be held on 20 September 2019 at the Jerilderie Civic Hall.
Vote now to capture Jerilderie's extraordinary history when Ned Kelly asked 12 year old John Monash to hold his horse for a shilling.
Murrumbidgee Council is inviting the community to join Councillors for 'Cuppa with a Councillor' as part of the Local Government Week celebrations.
Murrumbidgee Council has thanked the highly popular Dr Ismail Alhejaj who has officially finished up with the Jerilderie Medical Centre and handed the reins over to Dr Assem Swaid.
Murrumbidgee Council's draft Economic Development Strategy is on public exhibition.
Darlington Point’s newest citizen has been officially welcomed at Murrumbidgee Council’s citizenship ceremony on 14 June 2019.
Murrumbidgee Council has adopted its 2019/20 Operational Plan.
Residents logging on to the Murrumbidgee Council website will notice a few changes.
The future looks brighter for the Jerilderie Men's Shed after Council approved the request of a loan.
Council wishes to advise the residents of Darlington Point that continuous best practice approach is being undertaken to deliver safe drinking water as directed by NSW Health and NSW Department of Primary Industries-Water.
Murrumbidgee Council is today farewelling a staff member who has committed his entire career to local government and in particular the Jerilderie and district community.
It's not often skaters and BMX riders in the Murrumbidgee Council area get the chance to show off their skills. But that's about to change, with plans for YMCA Action Sports to bring the Skate Park Leagues (SPL) series to town.
Recent announcements by NSW State Government indicate more opportunities for investment in significant community infrastructure projects are opening up.
Keep up to date with all of the news across Murrumbidgee Council area with the latest media releases.