Greater Hume’s SCCF share attracts 36 projects worth $5 million

Morgan's Lookout upgrades were among the four projects successful in round one of the NSW government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Morgan's Lookout upgrades were among the four projects successful in round one of the NSW government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Thirty-six potential projects in Greater Hume, worth $5.3 million, have been put forward for council’s share in round two of the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Council has $1.6 million to allocate in this round, which could fund 32 projects each costing the minimum of $50,000.

At the close of expressions of interest at the start of April, 36 applications were received.

A report on which projects will move forward to the NSW government for consideration is being prepared, with those unsuccessful being notified this week.

General manager Steven Pinnuck told the March meeting 400 community groups and sporting clubs were contacted about applying for round two.

“Projects put forward by community groups we don’t give a tick to, we must advise and they have a right for an independent review of their application and have to do so by 21st or 22nd of April,” he said.

“The guidelines have changed a little since the first round in the sense the minimum project size is $50,000, and they’ve indicated they’re probably looking for projects larger than that; more $200,000 to $300,000.

“One point six million is a lot of money and hopefully we have some good projects come forward we can get some good outcomes for the community.”

In round one of the funding finalised in March, Morgan’s Lookout, Culcairn and Jindera skate parks and the Walla Walla Early Childhood Hub shared in $798,000.

Community engagement is being undertaken to identify the most appropriate locations for the two skate parks while council has recently negotiated to acquire more land for the childhood hub at Walla.