Armidale Regional Council is seeking input to establish a community ‘wish list’ of large scale local infrastructure projects.
Service Leader for Economic Development and Marketing Greg Lawrence, said that Council will submit an application to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
“The state government has allocated $200 million over the next two years for local infrastructure projects that will help sustain strong regional communities,” said Mr Lawrence.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to secure significant funding towards infrastructure that will help us to build a better Armidale region. We would like to ensure that our submission reflects the priorities of the community.”
Everyone is invited to contribute ideas for large scale projects which they believe will help improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of the region as a vibrant place to live and work.
“Some projects that Council would like to develop include: a super playground not unlike the new Tamworth play area, improvements to the Guyra Historical Society Museum, upgrades to the Armidale Mall, a ‘maker space’ at the Armidale War Memorial Library and a cycleway between UNE and the Armidale CBD,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The community is in invited to consider and prioritise these potential projects or contribute additional ideas.”
Projects might include new community facilities like parks, playgrounds, walking and cycling pathways or even exhibition and theatre spaces. Funding could be used to refurbish existing local facilities like swimming pools and libraries or it could be used to enhance local parks or facilities with additions like kitchens or toilet blocks.
“This process will enable Council to prioritise potential infrastructure so that it is best placed to seek funding for projects with value to the community,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The information gathered will be of benefit not only to this funding submission, but into the future as Council continues to pursue opportunities.”
The community is invited to make submissions online at ‘Your Say Armidale’ http://yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.au/
Or visit one of Council’s Customer Service Centres at 135 Rusden Street, Armidale or 158 Bradley Street, Guyra.
Published on 09 Aug 2017