Council allocates additional millions in funding to community projects for the Georges River area

14/12/2016

Georges River Council is planning to allocate more than $9 million in additional funding to a number of community-orientated projects and initiatives, in an effort to improve local infrastructure and community services throughout the local government area.

The majority of the funding was provided through the NSW State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund program which was designed to help newly amalgamated Council’s kick-start community focused projects and services.

Of the $9 million in funding, Council plans to allocate nearly $6.25 million to the construction of new amenities and facilities at a number of local parks across the Georges River area.

These new amenities would include features such as change rooms, referee rooms, canteens, storage areas and public toilets.

Council would plan for works to be undertaken at Peakhurst Park, Peakhurst; Carss Bush Park, Carss Park; Riverwood Park, Riverwood; and Oatley Memorial Gardens, Oatley. In addition to having new amenities, Harold Fraser Oval in Kogarah Bay will also have a new community pavilion.

Along with these projects, funds have been planned to go towards the Stormwater Harvesting and Irrigation system – which was adopted from the former Hurstville City Council’s 2013 Master Plan – for Gannons Park, Peakhurst.

This funding for the new system – which is part of Council’s creek restoration project – would greatly help in improving the quality of stormwater entering into the Georges River and the flow of water through the area.

Council also plans to put more than $1 million towards a number of projects to boost the local economy, help support local businesses and local job growth.

Funding would be used for Economic Development Projects, which will be designed to promote the strengths of doing business in the local area, while also addressing the challenges businesses face.

Council is also planning to allocate a total of $1.5 million to improve local services for residents and ratepayers.

This funding would go towards the creation of a new ‘one-stop-shop’ in Kogarah Library, which would see it equipped with the technology and capabilities needed to assist all customers with enquiries, services and payment needs.

Before any of the funding planned for these projects is finalised, Georges River Council will be undertaking community consultation with the Stronger Communities Fund Panel and the Implementation Advisory Committee.

This consultation will help Council to determine the best levels of funding needed for the various projects that have been planned for the local area and the timeframes to undertake the projects.

For more information please contact 9330 6400 or visit Council’s website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

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