Member for Albury Greg Aplin has announced more than $3.6 million in funding for 16 community and sporting projects across Federation Council.
A Swimming Pool splash park at Corowa ($750,000) and the Oaklands Recreational Reserve ($450,000) were the biggest winners from the second round NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
“The NSW Coalition Government continues to invest in our communities and I congratulate all the successful organisations and communities that will benefit from these improvements” Mr Aplin said.
A total of $3,608,776 will be spent on projects in the Federation Council area covering sport, recreational and community facilities:
- $224,690 for upgrades to the John Foord Oval sporting facilities: This project involves renewing the now unusable netball court at John Foord Oval in Corowa; removing asbestos from the club rooms; and refurbishing the building. This project will support the development of a key community asset within Corowa's sport and recreation precinct. The Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club's affiliation with the Ovens and Murray Football and Netball League provides opportunities for the growth and development of young athletes. This project will support the long-term viability of the club and its participation in this league, which has a positive economic impact on the town through its ability to attract visitors on home game days.
- $91,817 for upgrades to the Colombo Creek Ski Club toilet block: This project involves decommissioning the toilet block at the Colombo Creek Ski Club, Morundah, and installing a prefabricated, accessible toilet block on a new site within the reserve. The new facility will cater for increasing visitor numbers and ensure proper management of the effluent and odor.
- $449,820 for upgrades to the Oaklands Recreational Reserve change room and toilet block: This project will involve the construction of new change rooms and upgrades to the existing toilet block at Oaklands Recreation Reserve. The existing facilities do not meet any current standards and are in very poor condition. The project will also involve the construction of a 76m extension to the current amenities building. This will provide disabled access toilets.
- $104,853 for the resurfacing of Urana Tennis Courts: This project involves the resurfacing of the Urana Tennis Courts (three synthetic courts), which are located alongside the Urana Bowling Club. The courts play an important role in supporting the health and well-being of the community. However, their poor condition must be addressed for safety reasons. Remaining open to the public at all times, the tennis courts also provide visitors to Urana with an opportunity to participate in recreational activity, strengthening the town's tourism appeal.
- $80,954 for the Lonsdale Recreation Reserve Playground: This project will involve the construction of a new playground at Lonsdale Reserve in Mulwala. The new playground will replace the existing equipment, which is at the end of its life. The provision of shade and fencing will also ensure the new playground is safer and more inviting to people who visit the reserve. The proposed design will challenge children to explore their limits and venture into new experiences that encourage personal development. The project also includes roadworks to create a more accessible entry to Lonsdale Reserve.
- $85,532 for the Rejuvenation of Corowa High School Oval for community use: This project will involve upgrading the oval at Corowa High School to ensure its future excellence as a facility for the local junior cricket clubs and all students educated in Corowa and the surrounding community. Upgrades to the oval will include ground drainage, laying of top soil, installation of an irrigation system, and sowing of grass.
- $68,970 for the Rand Sports Ground improvements: The project will involve the installation of a shade sail at the Rand Recreation Ground over the newly developed playground. The construction of a footpath to the playground will connect it to the clubhouse and an undercover seating area, and ensure all abilities access to the facility. The installation of new boundary fences will protect the reserve from stock and improve community safety.
- $272,965 for the lighting upgrade for Rennie Recreational Reserve: This project involves the replacement of existing lights at the Rennie Recreation Reserve with LED lighting. These will provide adequate, cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting to the football oval, netball/tennis courts, car park, and playground. It will also ensure the safety of all visitors and increase the usefulness of the facility. The Rennie Recreational Reserve is a vital community asset for local farming families. It provides an opportunity for people to come together for exercise, social interaction, and the development of a sense of community belonging.
- $180,000 for the refurbishment of clubrooms at Howlong Tennis Club: This project involves the refurbishment of rooms at Howlong Tennis Club in Lowe Square. They will be upgraded and an extended to include an accessible toilet, accessible ramp, and viewing deck with hard canopy to provide protection from the elements. This project will complement the ongoing development of Lowe Square, which is the key recreational facility in Howlong.
- $280,393 for the reconstruction of the netball and tennis court at Coreen Recreation Reserve: This project involves the removal of the existing netball/tennis courts at Coreen Recreation Reserve and their replacement with new multipurpose courts (two netball courts and three tennis courts). A three metre high fence will also be erected around the courts. The existing courts are in poor condition and no longer suitable for use. The user groups of this reserve unite four small rural communities. The renewal of important recreational infrastructure is critical to support the ongoing health and well-being of small communities. Reserves such as this support a cohesive and productive community and provide opportunities for social interaction, community involvement, communication, and volunteerism.
- $180,000 for a pedestrian bridge at Urana Aquatic Centre: This project involves the construction of a 30m pedestrian bridge across the Urana Aquatic Centre to link existing walking tracks. The bridge will be approximately 1.8m above the existing high water level of the lake to keep it safe from floods. This will also allow boats to continue accessing the upper sections of the lake.
- $199,353 for the Ball Park Multisport Pavilion: This project involves the construction of a multipurpose building at Ball Park Oval in Corowa, which is used by both the Corowa Cricket Club and Corowa-Rutherglen United Hockey Club. The building will include a kitchen/canteen, bar area, storeroom, accessible toilet, function area, change rooms, and spectator area. This facility will form part of Corowa’s sport and recreation precinct, providing opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in physical activity conducive to health and well-being. The project will also encourage local sports clubs to maintain their strong focus on youth development, by providing an inclusive and welcoming space.
- $95,898 for the refurbishment of the Corowa Rowing Club: This project involves the refurbishment of the Corowa Rowing Club's kitchen, servery, and floors, as well as the cladding at the rear of the building. A security system will be installed with a new keyless door into the facility. The internal and external sound system will be upgraded to a suitable standard for events in Rowers Park.
- $750,000 for the Corowa Swimming Pool Splash Park: This project will involve the construction of a 6.7m high outdoor water play structure as part of the new swimming pool development in Corowa. The structure will have three water slides and 18 interactive elements including a mouse-tipping bucket. It will also include a toddler pool and interactive jet zone. The splash pad will provide hours of fun to children of all ages and their families. It will be a wonderful family attraction for the region.
- $300,000 for the upgrade of Max Kirwan Water Ski Club to world class standard: This project will involve upgrading Max Kirwan Water Ski Club to include full disability access and attract state, national, and international events, with a parallel local focus on community inclusion. The upgrade includes the development of internal roads, amenities including toilet and catering facilities, security improvements, and the provision of shade. All aspects of the upgrade will assist in securing major events, ensuring disability access, and supporting local junior sport.
- $243,531 towards the Urana Aquatic Leisure Centre building: This project involves the construction of a clubhouse at the Urana Aquatic Centre. They will incorporates social spaces, a bar, a kitchen, a weights room, a children's room, a balcony, and a jetty. The project will also cover the fit-out of the building, incorporation of a disabled access ramp, connection of sewerage and water to the building, and the installation of signage.
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