Big bucks chased down by Bellingen Shire projects
FROM 43 grant applications lodged in 2017 Bellingen Shire Council secured $2.3 million in external funding for some smaller but very important projects.
"This is a fabulous achievement for a small regional council and will benefit the community in countless ways,” Bellingen Mayor, Cr Dominic King said.
Among the major projects are the replacement of Deep Creek Bridge on Coramba Road to improve freight routes and enable economic development and the extension of the Hungry Head cycleway in Urunga to increase sport and recreational opportunities.
The Bridge Street reconstruction, remediation of underground fuel tanks in Dorrigo, painting at Thora Hall, installation of compactor bins at Raleigh Waste Management Centre, vegetation management, signage at Gleniffer Reserve and the purchase of flood monitoring equipment will all benefit from the grants.
Cr King said Council will continue to seek grant money this year and with the NSW Government opening up the coffers, he urges community based organisations to do the same.
"Currently open are grant programs to support environmental restoration, environmental tourism and heritage activation projects and many others are due to open soon.
"Right now the State and Federal Governments are focused on investing in regional areas and Council intends to leverage every appropriate funding opportunity.”