Community projects headline budget

Published on 28 June 2022

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From new Cricket nets to playgrounds and floating pontoons, community projects that enhance local spaces are the highlight of this year’s Moyne Shire Council budget.

Mayor Cr Ian Smith said the big ticket item this year was the revitalisation of Port Fairy’s East Beach precinct.

“That’s a big project, $1.6 million in total with a $425,000 contribution form council and $1.2 million form the State Government,” Cr Smith said.

“It will transform the popular foreshore with the replacement of the toilet and shower block, instillation of barbeque facilities and new passive recreation areas – all highlighted in a masterplan developed in conjunction with the community.”

Cr Smith said cricket nets at the Hawkesdale Recreation Reserve would also be replaced, a long planned project for the community.

“It’s a joint project between Council and the community – with a $40,000 contribution from Council, $40,000 from the community and a $30,000 grant,” Cr Smith said.

“Projects like these make a real difference to the community, they’ve been out and raised funds and shown that this is a priority for them - so we are more than happy to make a contribution.

“We’ve seen how successful our investment at the Mortlake Recreation Reserve has been with games now being played under lights and fantastic community facilities – it’s a key aim of the Council Plan to make sure our communities have great recreation spaces and we are delivering on that.”

A further $60,000 will be spent at the Wangoom Hall to improve the site including a new play space. It follows from $350,000 of works completed on the interior jointly funded with the State Government. 

$30,000 will be allocated for playground strategic planning and outdoor exercise equipment will be installed in Port Fairy with a $70,000 allocation after positive feedback from users of already installed equipment in Mortlake and Koroit.

The popular Macarthur Pool will be given a new lease on life with $30,000 to renew the pool lining and $10,000 will be allocated to install a floating pontoon at Killarney.

Cr Smith said these were projects that would make a difference to Moyne’s communities.

“They build on investments we have made in previous budgets and ensure each of our communities has great spaces where they can come together for sport or recreation,” he said. 

 

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