Community can have their say on priority projects

RICHMOND Valley Council is giving residents and ratepayers an opportunity to have their say on which projects should share in $1.7 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund aims to help councils deliver local infrastructure projects to regional communities. The fund will support projects for:

  • construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing community infrastructure such as community halls, playground or toilet blocks
  • construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing local sporting facilities such as change rooms, lighting, grandstands and pathways
  • capital works related to street beautification and public 'place making'

In this round, the NSW Government has made $1.7 million available to the Richmond Valley local government area, of which at least 50 percent must be allocated to sporting infrastructure projects. With this in mind, Council has considered its Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan and has identified seven local projects in Casino, Coraki, Evans Head and Woodburn, and is seeking input from the community on these.

Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald is encouraging all residents and sporting associations to have their say on the proposed projects, saying Council wants the projects to reflect community priorities.

Mr Macdonald said it was important Council worked with the community to create the right infrastructure.

He said residents were invited to share their views through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sccfprojects Paper copies of the survey are also available from Council offices and libraries.

“We are encouraging everyone to get involved in sharing their preferences for which projects they would like in their community for it to grow and be an even better place to live, work and play,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Council looks forward to working with each community closely to deliver projects which achieve the aims of this important NSW Government program.”

Community and sporting groups may also submit fully-costed and planned shovel-ready projects to Council for consideration. For a project to be considered, Council requires a detailed outline of the project, including budget, timeline and quotes.

To meet deadlines for the funding program, expressions of interest from community groups will close 5pm Tuesday 10 April. For more information please contact Andrew Leach, Manager Asset Planning, on 6660 0300 or andrew.leach@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au