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Projects miss out

Saturday, 11th January, 2020

Councillor Branko Licul drumming up support for the skatepark project last year. PICTURE: Myles Burt Councillor Branko Licul drumming up support for the skatepark project last year. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Emily McInerney

Broken Hill projects have missed out on funding through the My Community Project initiative.

Last year, local groups applied for funding with the State Government through the Service NSW’s My Community Project.

The idea behind the initiative was for NSW residents to decide which projects would get funding.

People were able to vote on the projects they thought were worthwhile.

About eight local organisations jumped to apply for this funding with City Council asking for help for the Skate Park, YMCA wanting to put on a Youth and Music Festival, and many more.

The two projects that were awarded funding based on points were Silo Art at Dunedoo with 951 points, and revitalising horse sports in the Binnaway community with 939 points.

The Silo art will project cost $95,900 and the Binnaway project will cost $120,000.

The project next in line, based on points, was a local project ‘Empowered Community’ sponsored by Impact Gym Broken Hill.

The aim was to address the problem of mental health, service autism and at the same time provide youth fitness opportunities.

The project was asking for $110,000 in funding and received 816 points.

City Council was asking for $200,000 from the My Community fund to go towards their $350,000 they had committed towards a new skatepark.

Council is keen to get the project up and running and had applied for other funding with last year’s June round of NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities funding.

Last year, Mayor Darriea Turley said Council also contemplated making a submission for new play equipment for Queen Elizabeth Park, but decided against it.

“The upgrade of that park will be a major project with significant cost involved,” she said.

However, the School of the Air P and C Association applied for $110,000 through the My Community initiative for playground equipment for Queen Elizabeth Park.

The SOTA P and C believed that equipment at that park would benefit their students but also all children in that area who could access it.

With the Picnic Train set to move to Queen Elizabeth any funding help would be sure to make the park the new place for children to play in Broken Hill.

In terms of the My Community Initiative, the Broken Hill Skate Park project received 435 points, Central Broken Hill Cricket Nets makeover received 332 points, solar heating for Menindee town pool received 218 points, the Making Tracks program received 171 points, the Empowering community to take the Chance for Change by the Kirkala-Pithiluku Aboriginal Corporation received 139 points, and the Youth Music and Arts Festival by the YMCA Young Leaders received 126 points.

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