Loddon renovates amenities throughout shire.


Amenities and public buildings are set to get a makeover in the Loddon Shire this year, as part of the 2012-13 Community Planning program.


The Shire has upped its commitment to $450,000 from the community planning fund and along with a further $500,000 allocated to a strategic fund and $200,000 available in Council’s Community Grants Scheme, the Shire is making its intentions clear.


Manager for Community Planning Tim Jenkyn said the Shire’s imminent change to a five-ward structure had meant changes in how funding was structured.


“This financial year, Community Plan funding is based on a $50,000 allocation per ward, so five wards means a total of $250, 000,” Mr Jenkyn said.


Council looked at 54 potential projects and approved an allocation of $471,100 for a range of works across all five future wards.


In the Boort ward, the extensive Eastern Entry project will receive more support, with Stage 3 to include new parking facilities, an undercover rest area, fencing, an upgrade to access roads and comprehensive landscaping.


Work will continue on the gymnasium extension at the Boort Resource and Information Centre and the supper room at the Boort Memorial Hall will be given some new stumps, timber work and fresh paint.


In Korong Vale, repairs are planned for the public hall and main street improvements will include removing some concrete and planting established trees on both sides of the street.


In Wedderburn ward, the significant streetscape project continues, with plans still being finalised for the town’s new look.


In the new Inglewood ward, a new dump point will be installed at the Bridgewater recreation reserve for better waste management, while a new roof will replace the existing leaking corrugated iron at the Campbell’s Forest hall.


Improvements are coming for the Eucalyptus Distillery Museum grounds, with a new electric barbecue and shelter and restoration work on the collapsed motor shed.


The Inglewood Town Hall project, too, receives extra funds, as local community groups continue with their quest to turn the property into an integrated community/business hub.


In Tarnagulla ward, residents of Newbridge have won Council support for their plans to improve key areas in the town – an upgrade to Progress Park, beautified town entry, linking pathways, planting trees and installing new street furniture.


At Arnold, Council will support the Southern Loddon Region Community Solar Project with its plans to supply and install solar panels on seven community halls in the south of the Shire – at Bridgewater, Arnold, Eddington, Laanecoorie, Woodstock, Newbridge and at the new Tarnagulla Community Centre.


In Terricks ward, the Dingee hall will have a new foyer and entry, improved disabled access and a broken path repaired, while Calivil will see more money allocated to the new netball and tennis courts and exterior repairs to the local hall.


At Pyramid Hill, Council will make a second grant towards a $130,000 upgrade to the Memorial Hall, intended to provide universal access to toilets and boost user facilities.


The change rooms and kitchen at Janiember hall are to be renovated and a new playground built at Janiember Park, augmented by improved fencing and shade.


These works support recreational activities in the shire and will give the communities who live within them a real boost.




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