More spending cash for council

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

More than $1.5 million has been allocated to the Deniliquin region in the latest round of NSW Government funding.

It will target youth and infrastructure projects.

The total of $1,542,702 for Edward River Council is part of the latest Stronger Country Communities Fund. Council is yet to determine where the money will be spent.

General manager Adam McSwain said through the Stronger Country Communities Fund, council had been able to deliver several important infrastructure projects and achieve some great outcomes for the local community.

‘‘The Scott’s Park destination playground project, Deniliquin Swim Centre all-abilities improvements and the Lagoons to River Walk connectivity improvements were all funded through the first round, and we are progressing several other projects which attracted funding through the second round, including the Deniliquin Town Hall and Napier Street revitalisation projects.

‘‘Over coming weeks we will work through potential projects internally and discuss suitable applications (for third round funding).

‘‘The scope of the Stronger Country Communities Fund has been significantly expanded to cover programs and events, as well as infrastructure, with a particularly strong focus on youth-related projects, including indoor sports programs, creative arts and culture projects, mentoring and skills training services.’’

ERC received $1.26 million in round one of the funding and $3.3 million in round two bringing its total, including round three, to $6.1 million since 2017.