Friday 18 December 2015
Christmas has come early at Bega Valley Shire Council with a range of State and Federal grants being allocated to Council projects throughout the Shire.
General Manager, Leanne Barnes said that Council has recently been successful in securing $2.2 million in combined grants which will improve services and infrastructure to be enjoyed by the community.
“Council staff have worked hard to secure these funds for a range of projects, and our next step is to continue working on investing these funds in the community,” she said.
“It was excellent news to hear of close to $1 million being allocated to Merimbula airport as the first part of a two stage funding announcement for vital infrastructure upgrades. The total state government grant will go towards runway improvements, investment in airport emergency services, lighting upgrades, in preparation for more and larger aircraft and airport safety.
“Essential upgrades to the Merimbula airport are part of an overall strategy to improve the Shire’s visitor gateways, and with key improvements underway in Eden, this is a timely investment.
“A federal grant of $990,000 is also a very welcome investment in the North Bega industrial area. The funding will help us provide a sewerage system that will grow this key area of business in the Shire which is home to major employers, including Bega Cheese.
“Our Environmental Services staff have also been hard at work securing three funding grants totalling $200,000 from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage for estuary management projects at Bermagui River, Wallaga Lake, Merimbula/Back Lake and Lake Curalo, and to prepare a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Shire.
“These wide ranging projects demonstrate the importance of grant funding as a vital way of contributing to the cost of high quality service and infrastructure provision,” Ms Barnes said.
For more information on Council projects, go to www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au