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.

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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 :

  • Extra year for community groups to work on projects

    13 days 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 7)

    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 7)

    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?

    18 days 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

    14 days 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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