$4 million for Banjo Patterson Way – Projects sought for Country Communities Fund

NSW Western Parliamentary Secretary, Rick Colless, rang Mayor Kevin Beatty on Monday to say that Cabonne has received a significant funding grant under the ‘Fixing Country Roads’ Grants.

Cabonne will receive four million dollars to be spent on upgrades to Banjo Patterson Way – the road travelling from Molong, through Cumnock, toYeoval.

Good news for the “Animals on Bikes” trail and good news for Cabonne Council’s in house expert road builders.

Community groups in Cabonne are invited to submit projects that may be suitable for funding under the second round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund grants program.

The Government is providing funding for projects to make communities more attractive places to live and work. New infrastructure, such as parks, playgrounds and cycle tracks, are being earmarked, along with refurbishments to existing facilities including community centres and libraries. Enhancing local parks and supporting facilities, such as kitchens and toilet blocks, will also be considered.

There is no cap on the cost of projects, but each must be worth at least $100,000. Projects must be submitted through Cabonne Council which will prioritise them and submit applications to the Government.

With applications expected to close in the first quarter of next year, projects should be submitted to the Council before the end of January 2018.
Proposals which are “shovel ready” are likely to be given a high priority.

Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty said this was one of the most important things for community organisations to keep in mind. “Your project should be ready to commence immediately after any funding announcement and, in most cases, this means all planning requirements, such as development applications, should be completed or substantially under way,” Cr Beatty said.

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