Stronger Country Communities
Federation Council has the opportunity to apply for funding under the Stronger Country Communities program being administered by the NSW Government.
The funding program is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund designed to ensure regional areas have quality infrastructure that improves the liveability of communities across NSW.
To assist with prioritising the projects Council will prepare applications for, residents are being asked to provide their feedback by 12 noon on Monday 4 September. A summary of the projects being considered is available below.
Each of these projects have previously been identified as important priorities for the community through various consultation processes and council planning documents.
Council must submit its applications by 13 September and following this, 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.
Toilet Block Improvements
Applications received as part of the Stronger Communities Fund demonstrated a strong desire from the community for new and improved public toilet facilities across the council area. The recently adopted Disability Inclusion Action Plan also identifies the need to ensure facilities are accessible to all members of the community.
Council has recently completed an assessment of all public toilets and considered the condition, accessibility and usage of each facility. Based on this information, previously identified needs and community infrastructure projects currently underway, an application will be prepared for the following;
- New toilet block at Bangerang Park in Corowa (including disabled access and baby change facilities).
- New toilet block at Purtle Park in Mulwala (including disabled access and baby change facilities)
- Upgrade of the public toilet facilities at Lowe Square, Howlong to include disabled access and baby change facilities.
Council will also be preparing an upgrade and replacement program for public toilet facilities across the council area and this will be considered in the preparation of future financial plans and grant funding opportunities.
Howlong Preschool Expansion
The Howlong Preschool is a community owned and operated not-for-profit early childhood education facility that has been proudly serving the Howlong community and surrounding areas since 1975.
The current premises was originally built over 26 years ago and demand for early childhood education has increased beyond the capacity of the existing facility.
To ensure the Preschool can cater for families in Howlong and the surrounding area into the future, plans have been developed for an extension of the facility. The project is designed to significantly improve the current facilities from one room that provides 26 places per day, to a two room preschool facility that can support 40 children per day.
It will also provide several other important upgrades including disability access, a central administration area, a community room, replacement bathroom and kitchen facilities.
The Preschool and local community have worked hard to raise funds for this project over many years but grant funding is needed to make the project a possibility.
Urana Caravan Park Improvements
The Urana Caravan Park is located on the foreshore of the Urana Aquatic Centre and includes five self-contained cabins, 21 powered sites, 15 unpowered sites and 1 amenities block.
The park is three star rated and attracts visitors wishing to enjoy the local recreational facilities for skiing, fishing and bird watching. In the summer period, the park is often at capacity and the surrounding area benefits from visitor expenditure within the local economy.
To support tourism growth and leverage opportunities associated with increased traffic along Federation Way, an application will be made to build a new large, fully accessible family cabin.
Extension of Corowa Cycleway
Corowa currently has a network of walking and cycle trails that are a popular way to explore the area. The paths provide strategic connections throughout the township and offer opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in affordable recreational activities.
An existing trail commences in the town centre and extends 3.9km towards the Corowa Golf Club. The bitumen track currently concludes at the entrance to the Corowa Common.
With the establishment of a cinema planned for the Golf Club, extending this trail will improve access to the facility and address safety concerns regarding bicycle and pedestrian traffic movement between the Golf Club and town centre.
The application will involve extending the existing trail through the Corowa Common and connecting to the Corowa Golf Club. The project will also include signage along the trail.
To provide your feedback on the proposed applications, please complete this short survey. We appreciate your time!