Tuesday 14 July 2015
A range of key projects and community groups have been given a boost recently with a number of resolutions giving the green light for progress.
Councillors resolved to support and advance projects in Eden, Bega and Merimbula, including valuable commercial district revitalisation, accessible park development, and the extension of a local effluent irrigation system.
Mayor, Michael Britten said the biggest news was the allocation of funds to begin works on the first of four shire-wide CBD revitalisation projects.
“The decision to allocate $1.39 million to commence works on refreshing Eden’s commercial district was very well received,” he said.
“The works are coming at a very exciting time for Eden as we prepare the CBD for increased tourism revenue that will flow on from developments in the Eden Port precinct.
“Hopes of revitalising Eden’s tourism potential were raised when we secured federal funding to extend the breakwater wharf, and now with significant works ready to go in the CBD we will have an excellent commercial area to provide for locals and visitors.
“There was also good news for the development of inclusive play areas in Merimbula and Bega, with a Council decision to allocate $175,000 for the installation of playground equipment.
“We have decided to enter negotiations with one of the tenderers, Viva Recreation, who are well placed to provide most of the play equipment at Bega Park and the new inclusive space being developed at Ford Park, Merimbula.
“Also in Merimbula, an allocation of funds was made for the Twyford Hall Committee, with $6,616 awarded for the electrical upgrade costs associated with a kitchen upgrade at the hall. This represents a 50 per cent contribution of what was sought in the committee’s application, and is in step with other amounts that have been allocated for similar projects.
“Councillors also resolved to provide up to $150,000 to subsidise the renewal and expansion of the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club effluent irrigation system.
“This is a good result that will ensure the continued use of treated effluent from the nearby Council facility for the irrigation of the Club’s grounds. The subsidy is conditional on the Club attracting an additional $500,000 from the Federal Government.
“We have a large number of projects throughout the Shire, and as these projects come before Council each will be judged on their merit, community value and feasibility,” Cr Britten said.
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