Almost one third of Berrigan Shire Council’s Stronger Country Communities funding allocation has been earmarked for Tocumwal Recreation Reserve upgrades.
The $500,000 project is one of five submitted to the NSW Government for approval on Friday, valued at a total of $1.9 million.
Council has been allocated up to $1.4 million under round two, with half to be spent specifically on sporting infrastructure.
The other four projects submitted request funding for upgrades to the Barooga Adventure Park, Finley Golf Club, Berrigan War Memorial Pool and Berrigan Sports Ground.
Council director of corporate services Matt Hansen said unlike round one, the council elected to apply for bigger projects in round two.
‘‘Last time the council allocated its priority projects costing between $150,000 to $250,000 simply because we only had about $788,000.
‘‘As we’ve been granted more money for round two, the council agreed to focus on higher cost projects as this money might not be granted again.
‘‘The council discussed other projects such as walking paths in Tocumwal and Finley, however as they cost around the $80,000 mark we believe we could be capable of funding those projects ourselves.
‘‘Also discussed was upgrades to Finley Showgrounds. As it did not make the priority list for this funding, council will now make another funding submission under the NSW ClubGrants Category 3.’’
Councillors ranked the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve as the top priority.
The proposal includes replacing the toilet block, bar serving area and kiosk with a new building.
It also outlines plans to upgrade the cricket rooms, including replacing the kitchen, and installing solar panels on the Hot Rod Club shed.
Council is requesting another $500,000 to upgrade the Barooga Adventure Park playground and to provide a splash park.
It will be added to $150,000 already allocated to the foreshore park in round one of the same fund.
At the Finley Golf Club, council is seeking $400,000 to install an automated sprinkler system to water all 18 holes.
Another $410,000 is being sought to build a new kiosk and changerooms at the Berrigan War Memorial Pool, as well as new fencing and concreting around the pool concourse. It’s expected to cost $410,000.
The fifth project is the installation of a new electronic scoreboard and timekeeper’s box at the Berrigan Sportsground, for which council has requested $110,000.
Mr Hansen said the allocation of funding is determined by the NSW Government, who will seek input from the community on what should be prioritised.
‘‘The government will conduct its own community consultation to come up with what they deem to be suitable for funding.’’