Stronger Country Communities

The NSW Government has unveiled plans to make $1.9 million available to fund community infrastructure projects in the Orange local government area.

Orange City Council is now consulting with the local community with the aim of assembling a short-list of projects.

That priority-list will then be put to the NSW Government, who will make the final decisions about which projects to fund.

The government will fund $950,00 worth of projects in the first year of the program, and $950,000 in the second year. There will be a new application process each year.

The deadline for suggesting a project to Orange City Council for consideration has now passed.

On this site you can :

The NSW Government has unveiled plans to make $1.9 million available to fund community infrastructure projects in the Orange local government area.

Orange City Council is now consulting with the local community with the aim of assembling a short-list of projects.

That priority-list will then be put to the NSW Government, who will make the final decisions about which projects to fund.

The government will fund $950,00 worth of projects in the first year of the program, and $950,000 in the second year. There will be a new application process each year.

The deadline for suggesting a project to Orange City Council for consideration has now passed.

On this site you can :

  • Orange City Council releases project short-list for community comment

    about 1 month ago
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    Orange City Council is making progress on developing a list of community infrastructure projects to submit for funding to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCC).

    After the Council invited suggestions from the Orange community a number of projects were put forward. The community projects that met the funding authority guidelines have been shortlisted. Orange City Council is also suggesting a number of projects.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd said it was important to give the local community an opportunity to have their say on the proposed projects.

    “It was great news for Orange when Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced... Continue reading


    Orange City Council is making progress on developing a list of community infrastructure projects to submit for funding to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCC).

    After the Council invited suggestions from the Orange community a number of projects were put forward. The community projects that met the funding authority guidelines have been shortlisted. Orange City Council is also suggesting a number of projects.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd said it was important to give the local community an opportunity to have their say on the proposed projects.

    “It was great news for Orange when Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced that local infrastructure projects in Orange would be funded to the tune of $1.9 million,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “A number of community groups have taken up the chance to float various projects they’ve been working on.”

    “The council has added some suggestions, we’ve brought those down to a short-list and now the community gets to have a say on which ones they’d like to see happen.

    “That feed-back from the community is one of the factors the council will consider when we finalise the list of suggestions that will be put to the government. It’s then their call which projects they want to fund.”

    These 9 projects are now out for comment from the community. You can have your say by finding out more about the project and then completing a online survey.

    The deadline for community comments is Tuesday 26 September.

    The community rankings will be one of the factors to be considered when the short-list is considered by a meeting of Orange City Council. Amounts are GST excl.


    Project short-list

    The 9 projects on the short-list are:

    · Under awning lighting in CBD

    Project Description

    The CBD of Orange is currently lit by an ageing system of under-awning lighting. The proposal is to install a new system of pole-mounted street lights to illuminate street and footpaths in Orange’s main shopping precinct.

    Total Cost: $900,000 SCC Funds Required: $700,000

    Proponent: Orange City Council

    · Footpaths including Active Travel Plan

    Project Description

    The proposal is an expansion of the footpaths program.

    The expanded program gives consideration to asset management plans and the Active Travel Plan, which aims to make walking and bike riding a more attractive option for getting around the city.

    The new footpaths would be in addition to those already identified in the 2017/18 budget.

    The proposed additions include: Winter Street (Thomas Brosnan to Icely), March Street (Spring to Dalton and Nile to Spring) Anson Street (Matthews to Heatherbrae and Coombes to the Northern Distributor Roads) and McNamara Street (Kite to Moulder).

    Total Cost: $640,000 SCC Funds Required: $320,000

    Proponent: Orange City Council

    · Domestic Violence Crisis centre for women and children

    Project Description

    The proposal is to construct a purpose-built crisis centre for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The centre would include short-term high security beds, self-contained units for more independence and eventually transitional housing.

    Total Cost: $1.77 million SCC Funds Required: $670,000

    Proponent: Housing Plus

    · Sir Jack Brabham new amenities facilities (Stage 1)

    Project Description

    The Sir Jack Brabham Park sportsgrounds hosts a broad cross section of sports, including softball, football (soccer), cricket and school sport. The existing amenity buildings are located on the eastern and western side of the 21 hectare sportsground.

    The proposal is to construct a new amenities building near the Forest Road softball diamonds to the south of the park. Facilities will include accessible toilets, change rooms, showers and storage.

    The proposal also includes a children’s playground

    Total Cost: $610,000 SCC Funds Required: $550,000

    Proponent: Orange City Council

    · Wade Park lighting

    Project Description

    In recent years Wade Park has undergone a number upgrades including a new playing surface and LED scoreboard. The next priority is lighting. The field lighting is in need of an upgrade to meet the requirements of local and regional sporting competitions conducted at the venue, including cricket, rugby league, rugby union, football and AFL. The lighting upgrade would significantly improve the current lighting standard to ensure player safety as well as providing improved experience for spectators.

    Total Cost: $240,000 SCC Funds Required: $100,000

    Proponent: Orange City Council

    · Upgrades for Rotary Park & Somerset Parks

    Project Description

    The project aims to enhance the community facilities at two of Orange's parks. This includes the installation of a picnic shelter with table and seating, a BBQ and toilets at both Rotary Park (on Mt Lindsay off Dalton Street) and Somerset Park (on the wetland area between Molong Road and Burrendong Way). It also includes the construction of a shade sail over the playground equipment at Somerset Park.

    Total Cost: $400,000 SCC Funds Required: $400,000

    Proponent: Rotary Club of Orange

    · Robertson Park toilet

    Project Description

    Robertson Park is a high-profile park in the centre of Orange which hosts a number of community events and festivals each year including Anzac & Remembrance Day, FOOD Week and Wine Festival night-markets as well as serving day-to-day as a passive recreation space for shoppers and tourists. The proposal is to construct public toilet facilities in Robertson Park alongside the existing CWA rooms.

    Total Cost: $270,000 SCC Funds Required: $220,000

    Proponent: Orange City Council

    · Re-Surface a hockey playing field

    Project Description

    The project is to upgrade the playing surface of a hockey field (known as the ‘Smith Field) at the Orange Hockey Centre. Currently the field is a sand-based artificial turf field that is nearing the end of its useful life. The club intends to replace the playing surface with a new water based synthetic turf, installing the necessary infrastructure to be able to water the field.

    Total Cost: $749,000 SCC Funds Requested: $374,500

    Proponent: Orange Hockey Club Inc

    · Child-safe play area and car parking

    Project Description

    The proposal is to replace on-site parking at the Orange Presbyterian Church on-site car parking areas with a landscaped area. The church proposes to remove the hardstand areas and remediate the soil and adjust the ground levels to provide soft landscaped lawn and trees as a safe area for play. The church also proposes to provide a layout of 50 car spaces (including 4 disabled spaces) to the south of the site.

    Total Cost: $290,000 SCC Funds Required: $290,000

    Proponent: Orange Presbyterian Church


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  • Extra year for community groups to work on projects

    2 months ago
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    9 August 2017

    Through the Stronger Country Communities Fund, the NSW Government has announced plans to fund projects worth $1.9 million, over the next two years.

    Orange City Council is currently consulting with the community to assemble and then lodge a single application on behalf of the community (by October 18).

    After the first round of applications are considered, the government will announce funding for $950,000 worth of projects.

    It's expected that next year there will be another application process for a further $950,00 worth of funding.

    This means if a community group is yet to develop detailed plans for... Continue reading


    9 August 2017

    Through the Stronger Country Communities Fund, the NSW Government has announced plans to fund projects worth $1.9 million, over the next two years.

    Orange City Council is currently consulting with the community to assemble and then lodge a single application on behalf of the community (by October 18).

    After the first round of applications are considered, the government will announce funding for $950,000 worth of projects.

    It's expected that next year there will be another application process for a further $950,00 worth of funding.

    This means if a community group is yet to develop detailed plans for their project, in order to produce two quotes, they still have another twelve months to do that work.

    Orange City Council is suggesting that community groups should initially raise their possible project by using the 'Future Projects' on this site.


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  • What kind of projects could qualify for support from the Stronger Country Community Fund?

    3 months ago
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    7 August 2017

    Orange City Council is consulting with the people of the Orange local government area to find community infrastructure projects, to submit for a fund worth a total of $1.9 million.

    Examples of suitable projects include:

    • building new community facilities (such as parks, playgrounds, walking and cycle pathways)
    • refurbishing existing local facilities (such as community centres and libraries)
    • enhancing local parks and the supporting facilities (such as kitchens and toilet blocks).


    CRITERIA :


    The government will only fund projects which meet these conditions.

    Projects must :
    • provide local jobs and support local businesses.
    • the total cost of each... Continue reading


    7 August 2017

    Orange City Council is consulting with the people of the Orange local government area to find community infrastructure projects, to submit for a fund worth a total of $1.9 million.

    Examples of suitable projects include:

    • building new community facilities (such as parks, playgrounds, walking and cycle pathways)
    • refurbishing existing local facilities (such as community centres and libraries)
    • enhancing local parks and the supporting facilities (such as kitchens and toilet blocks).


    CRITERIA :


    The government will only fund projects which meet these conditions.

    Projects must :

    • provide local jobs and support local businesses.
    • the total cost of each project has to be in the range of funding. The minimum amount is $100,000, and generally between $250,000 to $1 million, or more than $1 million where there is a significant financial co-contribution. It may be possible for community groups to cooperate to produce a number of smaller projects which would add up to the $100,000 minimum
    • be able to begin within 12 months of being funded, and ideally be completed within two years.

    After consulting with the community and learning about projects which have been suggested by community groups, Orange City Council will :
    • assemble a priority-list of projects
    • consult with the community about that priority-list, and then
    • submit the application for these projects, on behalf of community groups

    FUNDING DEADLINE :

    The NSW GOvernment is planning to allocate the funding over years : $950,000 in the first year and $950,000 in the second year. A separate funding application will have to be lodged in each year.
    Because the first round funding application deadline is 7 October this year, and the applications for the first year of funding have to be already advanced enough to have two costing quotes as part of the application, it's expected that only community projects that have already been developed for some time will be able to be considered during the first round of this funding program.

    Orange City Council will require two quotes for each project by 8 September.

    If community members want to suggest other good ideas for projects which haven't been developed to date, they can be considered by the council in future years.

    While some projects mightn’t be ready for this funding program in its first year, the council will also be collecting suggestions for future projects, that could be funded in the 2nd round of funding next year.

    Later this year, after the September election, Orange City Council will start work on its next round of long-term planning. Working with the community, the council will start to draft our next Community Strategic Plan, and wish-list projects could be channeled into that process to be considered then.

    Because the government plans to allocate the funding over two years ($950,00 in each of two years) with two separate application deadlines, that means there’s time for either the council or community groups to work on the details of projects which aren’t well-developed to date.



    FIND OUT MORE :

    This NSW Government web site explains more about the Stronger Country Communities Fund and how applications will be handled.

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  • Council calls for community projects

    2 months ago
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    8 August 2017

    Orange City council is asking local residents to suggest community infrastructure projects , which could be funded under a new government program.

    The NSW Government has unveiled plans to make $1.9 million available to fund community infrastructure projects in the Orange local government area.

    Orange City Council has released the time-line of a consultation process when local community groups can make their suggestions.

    Orange City Council’s General Manager Garry Styles said the council wants to hear from the community as it works towards assembling a short-list of projects.

    “The NSW Government wants... Continue reading


    8 August 2017

    Orange City council is asking local residents to suggest community infrastructure projects , which could be funded under a new government program.

    The NSW Government has unveiled plans to make $1.9 million available to fund community infrastructure projects in the Orange local government area.

    Orange City Council has released the time-line of a consultation process when local community groups can make their suggestions.

    Orange City Council’s General Manager Garry Styles said the council wants to hear from the community as it works towards assembling a short-list of projects.

    “The NSW Government wants the council to work with their local communities, and then put in a single grant application on behalf of the community,” Garry Styles said. “That priority-list will then be put to the NSW Government, who will make the final decisions about which projects to fund.”

    “The deadline for this first round of the funding program is going to make it tight for community groups which aren’t already well-advanced with their possible projects. In a matter of weeks we need to be at a stage when we can send two costing quotes for each project to the government.”

    “That means while some projects mightn’t be ready for this funding program in its first year, we’ll also be collecting suggestions for future projects, that could be funded in the 2nd round of funding next year.”

    “Later this year, after the September election the council will start work on the next round of long-term planning. Working with the community, the council will start to draft our next Community Strategic Plan, and wish-list projects could be channelled into that process to be considered then.”

    “Because the government plans to allocate the funding over two years ($950,00 in each of two years) with two separate application deadlines, that means there’s time for either the council or community groups to work on the details of projects which aren’t well-developed to date.”

    The council has launched a new section of the YourSay-Orange community engagement website.

    “This is the same online tool, that we’ve used to build community awareness of our roads and footpath programs, ask the community for feedback about the annual council budget and provide info about major projects like the new Forest Rd bridge," Garry Styles said..

    “It’s proved to be a very useful way for people to find out more about council projects and then have their say in a way that suits them. Thousands of people are routinely visiting the site."

    The new section of the YourSay Orange site about the Stronger Country Communities Fund lets locals :

    • find out more about what kind of projects the government will support
    • learn if you they can add a project to the list to be considered
    • see the timeline leading up the deadline for applications
    • suggest a project to Orange City Council.

    Community groups have until 21 August to make suggestions. Once the list of projects has been short-listed and prioritized, the council is planning another round of community consultation to gauge response to the short-list.


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