Projects look for boost
Saturday, 12th August, 2017
By Daniel Stringer
Three projects in Broken Hill could soon receive a boost, as council looks to submit applications for upgrades across the city.
Broken Hill Council has requested $815,000 from the state government to help with three major projects within the community.
Those projects include upgrades at Patton Park, resurfacing of the tennis courts at the O’Neil Sporting Complex and new toilet facilities at the pony club.
Councillors and management met this week to choose from submitted applications.
“This funding block isn’t just for councils, and the state has asked us to work with sporting and community groups and assist them in lodging their own funding applications,” Mayor Darriea Turley said.
“We were only fully informed of this funding stream in mid-July, so it was a bit of a scramble both for us and community groups to pull everything together, but we have a solid body of projects ready for submission,” Mayor Turley said.
Broken Hill has requested $815,000 be divided among the three projects.
At the top of the list is the upgrades to Patton Park, which was recently unsuccessful in obtaining funding through the NSW Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program.
“Our primary submission seeks $395,000 for the demolition and replacement of playground and barbecue facilities in Patton Park, along with new paths.
“We’ve also lodged an excellent $150,000 submission from the Broken Hill Tennis Association which would provide much needed resurfacing of courts at the O’Neil Sporting Complex.
“The Pony Club has also requested $20,000 for a new toilet facility, however that doesn’t meet the $100,000 minimum to receive funding.
“To get around that, we’ve split the toilet aspect of the Patton Park upgrade away from the main plan and grouped it with the $20,000 Pony Club project, lodging a general $270,000 toilet upgrade submission that will benefit both parties if successful.”
The prospect of funding is welcome news to the tennis association and president Peter Keenan, after countless rejected applications in the past. The funding would allow for the resurfacing of six courts, all of which were laid back in 2003.
“We have made a lot of applications in the past for funding and never progressed to the next stage, so we are just delighted with this result,” Broken Hill tennis association president, Peter Keenan, told the BDT.
“Some of the courts have become very warn and unsafe to play on, so to be able to have those courts resurfaced is a great result for the club,” Mr Keenan said.
Mayor Turley says that this is an encouraging sign for the Broken Hill community, with more funding available over the next two years for those projects that missed out during the first round.
“Overall I think we have a good range of projects on the table, and this funding will hopefully provide significant upgrades for sporting, social, and recreational facilities across the city,” Mayor Turley said.
A report will be prepared and delivered to council at the August meeting.