Thursday, April 25, 2024

Murrumbidgee builds on community facilities

Murrumbidgee Council is celebrating the completion of an intense period of building across the council area, with new facilities now finished or nearing completion.

Mayor, Ruth McRae said Council had made use of significant amounts of State and Federal Government funding over the past few years to build and upgrade community buildings and facilities.

“Community input is a major contributing factor in how we decide the priority projects. At the moment, we’re reaching out to the community to learn people’s priorities and aspirations for the future. This is all part of the review of the Community Strategic Plan, which is one of our key strategic documents,” the Mayor said.

“It’s really important that everyone lets us know what they see is needed right throughout the Council area as the feedback we receive is a vital part in guiding our strategic priorities and operations during this next Council term and into the future.

“The value in engaging with Council is shown with the recently completed upgrade to the Skate Park at Darlington Point. The community asked for it and when we found the right funding program, we were able to deliver with a new mini skate bowl.

“The upgrade was finished just in time for Christmas and was hugely popular over the school holidays,” she said.

Also in Darlington Point, work has now commenced on the area’s new Splash Park, which will be located next to the pool.

“We’ve been circulating the proposed design for the Splash Park to keep the community up to date. The splash park is expected to be finished by late May,” said Mayor McRae.

“The upgrade to Coleambally Sports Precinct is one of our biggest projects in Coleambally, and will establish the precinct as one of our premier sporting facilities in the Council area.

“Unfortunately, the project has suffered a series of setbacks, especially during lockdowns and border restrictions, but the light is most definitely at the end of the tunnel with the finishing touches being in put in place. It is expected to be finished in March.

“Also, in Coleambally, is the reconstruction work to Bencubbin Avenue. This has been a major project and we appreciate the patience of motorists and businesses. We’re confident the end result will be well worth the inconvenience.

“Jerilderie has also seen considerable work, with the Jerilderie Early Learning Centre (ELC) one of the key projects. When completed in April, this will be an exceptional early childhood facility.”

Mayor McRae congratulated the Jerilderie ELC committee who she said had been a driving force behind the project.

“Another project due for completion at Jerilderie is the Skate Park and Pump Track and it’s terrific that we will have another recreational outlet for our local and visiting youth in Jerilderie,” the Mayor said.

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