Major projects including the Corowa swimming pool redevelopment, Mulwala's all-abilities playground, Urana aquatic centre and Howlong's industrial estate will either be completed or further advanced as part of a $21.2 million capital works program included in Federation Council's draft budget handed down on Monday.
Councillors agreed to set aside $1.6 million to finish the Corowa pool, $300,000 for the Urana Aquatic Centre, $1.9 million for the Mulwala playground and $1.4 million for the Howlong industrial estate.
A further $900,000 will be spent on fixing drainage problems identified with the Howlong project.
More than $8 million will also be spent on roads.
"Since the formation of Federation Council in 2016, council has worked extensively to deliver a range of new community infrastructure projects, as well as complete a monumental number of internal system upgrades and projects to provide a strong foundation for the new council moving forward," Federation mayor Pat Bourke said.
"The NSW Government allocated a $10 million stronger communities fund to the newly formed Federation Council.
"The purpose of the funding was to kick start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services."
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Cr Bourke said the former Corowa and Urana shires had long standing infrastructure backlogs and community priorities already identified, but not funded.
The proposed budget translates into a general residential rates increase by an average of 2.6 per cent in 2020-21.
"Ratepayers will notice some considerable variance from the 2.6 per cent increase due to the recent revaluation of properties across the shire, particularly in the farmland where there has been large variations in the land valuations," Cr Bourke said.
The council also agreed to seek permission for a special rate variation to take effect in the 2021-22 financial year.