More than $1.5 million in funding has been announced for community and sporting groups across Greater Hume Shire.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin announced more than $400,000 would be spent upgrading council halls across the shire while more than $300,000 would be dedicated to creating a new function centre at Brocklesby Recreation Reserve.
“This is another great outcome for the Greater Hume community and their sporting grounds,” Mr Aplin said.
A total of $1,596,000 will be spent on projects in Greater Hume Shire covering sporting, recreational and community facilities:
- $60,000 for the Culcairn Swimming Pool: Upgrade both male and female toilets and change areas: add disabled facilities including change tables; improve accessibility; increase privacy for patrons (including those with disabilities). Upgrade kiosk area for greater safety and ease of use by staff and patrons.
- $178,645 for the Jindera and Gerogery West Tennis Clubs: At Jindera Tennis Club and Gerogery West Tennis Courts: the proposed funding will be used to resurface a total of eight tennis courts. At Jindera: in order to improve safety, we will install two new light towers and replace current lights with energy-efficient 900 watt LEDs.
- $209,200 for the Walla Sportsground: The project can be broken down into two stages. Stage one: construct standards-compliant kiosk, including steel frame, horizontal orb cladding, insulated walls and roof, roller doors for food service area, accessible entrances, and new internal furniture. Stage two: construct function room and amenities adjacent to kiosk, to be completed in a similar building style as the kiosk. All aspects of the upgrade will also require sewerage, drainage, water, and gas service support.
- $100,000 for the Jindera and District Swimming Pool: This proposed project for the Jindera Swimming Pool has four key outcomes: adequate pool temperature management; improved accessibility of the 25-metre pool; general improvement of facilities for community groups and programs, such as families, youth groups, aqua aerobics classes, swim squad, and school events; and improvement of the kiosk to meet OHS standards.
- $148,054 for the Walbundrie Recreation Ground: Funding for this project will be used to upgrade facilities at Walbundrie Sportsground, ensuring that it is an inclusive and safe location for the whole community. In keeping to safety standards we will upgrade the cricket nets, completely refurbish the kitchen, upgrade the gas hot water system, install lighting, and make general repairs to the grounds. We will also install a seating area along the tennis courts to facilitate a better view and protection from the elements for spectators. Finally we will extend and secure our storage area to ensure the safety of all items housed within.
- $50,000 for the Culcairn Town Tennis Club: This project will include: installation of chain fencing, including top and bottom rails, around the six main tennis courts; upgrade of kitchen facilities in club rooms; installation of security windows and doors; construction of shade sails over play equipment; construction of a concrete slab and roof for BBQ area; and replacement of toilets.
- $307,527 for the Brocklesby Recreation Reserve: The project is to create an accessible and comfortable function room for the Brocklesby Recreation Reserve, which will serve as a community focal point year-round. We will replace the existing tin shed with a brick veneer structure, which will include a social area, kitchen/catering area, bar and stock cool room, play area, office, shower, toilets (including disabled access toilets and a change table), and a large verandah. The tin shed will be demolished and removed, and the new structure will be built in its place, to the north-east of the existing brick structure.
- $55,000 for the Jindera Country Golf Club: This project seeks to enhance the grounds at Jindera Country Golf Club by replacing five existing synthetic putting greens and constructing a dam to improve irrigation. Having removed the current greens, the site will be prepared with a compacted, stabilised mix of crusher dust and river sand on which the new greens will be placed. We will finish the perimeters of the new greens with turf, and enlarge the current green sizes (9m x 9m). The project will be completed with the construction of a new dam to improve irrigation.
- $60,770 for the Bungowannah Tennis Club Fence and Water Supply: Bungowannah Tennis Club: replace chicken wire fencing with fencing adherent to modern playing and safety standards; Bungowannah Recreation Reserve: upgrade the water supply with a new bore and pump. This water supply is used by the local hall, Tennis Club, and for the maintenance of the Reserve.
- $426,804 for upgrades to Greater Hume Council Halls: Greater Hume Shire Council currently has 15 public halls. This project will upgrade eight public halls in some of the smallest locations within the area. We predict that these upgrades will have a significant positive impact on the local communities where works are to be undertaken.
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