A list of projects that Orange City Council is seeking to pursue under the latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, has been put out for a community vote.
The total funding for the Orange City Council area is $930,667.
The Round 3 funding is open to applications from local community groups as well as the council. The government wants to allocate at least half of the funding to projects supporting young people.
Under the government’s Round 3 funding guidelines, the council has to show which projects are most supported by the community. Locals can vote for their favourite projects on the YourSay Orange website.
Orange City Council will then consider the results before meeting the deadline for application on 27 September. It’s then up to the NSW Government to decide which projects to fund.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd is encouraging local residents to go online and vote for the projects that are important to them.
“At Orange City Council we’ve always got more projects in the pipeline than we can fund,” Cr Reg Kidd said, “so a government grants program like this lets us tackle new opportunities sooner.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing the result of the vote and learning which projects the people of Orange think are the most important.”
The deadline for voting is Friday 30 August.
Anzac Park netball courts
Orange City Council would build two extra outdoor netball courts to the east of the existing 8 outdoor court facility.
The extra courts would cater for growing numbers in one of Orange’s biggest sports when it comes to participation-numbers
COST : $267,000
Extra Footpaths for Orange
Orange City Council would build more new and replacement footpaths.
If successful the grant would bring forward the list of projects for future years, delivering more new and upgraded footpaths sooner.
COST : $350,000
New Toilets in 3 local parks
Orange City Council would build new toilet facilities in three local parks – John Lomas Skate Park, Perry Oval and Glenroi Oval
COST : $240,000 ($80,000 each.)
Supported Housing for Youth
Working in partnership with Veritas House, Orange City Council would buy a house to be used to provide supported accommodation for young people. The facility would be operated by Veritas House, a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to children, young people, families and foster carers.
COST : $350,000
Re-paint Moulder Park former netball courts
Orange City Council would re-paint the disused courts with specially-designed markings so it can be used as a site for learning to ride bicycles safely.
COST : $20,000
Orange Youth Hub
OCC would operate a Youth Hub drop-in centre, with programs designed in partnership with young people, to suit the needs of young people , including disengaged and at risk youth.
The will have a wide range of regular activities and workshops, including basketball, cricket, league tag, ping pong, music tuition, art and dance workshops, chill out spaces, homework and employment and training application assistance. The purchase of a 12 seater bus will allow safe transport for young people to access the program.
COST : $336,620.54
3 year program (1 Part-time Co-ordinator and 1 casual), bus and materials