Berrigan Shire Council has agreed the netball courts in Berrigan should take top priority for funding from the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
In the past month, Berrigan Shire residents have been asked by council to complete a survey to determine which proposed projects should be prioritised.
The projects were: Skate Park in Finley, new changerooms and kiosk at Finley Showgrounds, library extension in Tocumwal, new walking paths (Tocumwal), half-court basketball facility at Hayes Park (Berrigan), netball courts in Berrigan, new stage area Barooga Botanical Gardens, and a new playground at Barooga foreshore.
One-third of the survey responses were from Finley residents, while both Berrigan and Tocumwal responses made up about 25 per cent each.
The highest ranked project was the new changerooms and kiosk at Finley Showgrounds.
However councillors agreed that along with the Berrigan netball courts the three other priority projects should be Finley Skate Park, Tocumwal library extension and Barooga foreshore playground.
Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins said the Berrigan courts was an existing project.
‘‘The reason for the netball courts and skate park receiving top priority is they were existing projects,’’ he said.
‘‘We are also keeping with our agreement from the July council meeting to fund at least one project per town, even though the library and playground didn’t rank as high.
‘‘All funding for the approved projects will come from the state government.’’
Berrigan Shire will now submit its determination to the state government, which will conduct a further survey of local residents before making a final decision on where it will distribute the funding.
Berrigan Shire director of corporate services Matt Hansen said it would ultimately be a state government decision.
‘‘They (state government) can ignore our recommendations or take them as gospel. But they’ll have a fair idea after they’ve done their own survey.’’
The remaining four projects were ranked as follows: Finley showgrounds, Tocumwal walking paths, half-court basketball court in Berrigan and Barooga Botanical Gardens stage area.
The Barooga Botanical Gardens Committee of Management has told council it did not support the proposal to build a new stage area.
As this was ranked the lowest of the eight proposed projects, council is considering scrapping the idea.
Applications for the first round of funding are due on September 16.
Berrigan Shire received just over $788,000 as part of the NSW Government’s SCC funding program.