Council seeks community input on Community Projects

Council is seeking community input on projects selected for an application to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund (the Fund) is investing in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work. The NSW Government has committed $200 million over the next two years for applications to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities.

Council, through its engagement and consultation strategies, has identified a number of projects that fit the criteria of the Fund and will be making an application seeking funding for four projects in Round 1. The projects include:

  • Church Street Community Precinct project
  • Urunga Inclusive Pathways project (Raleigh to Urunga)
  • Coronation Park Redevelopment project (Dorrigo)
  • Bellingen Connecting Pathways project (Bellingen town centre to the Butter Factory)

Part of the application and assessment process requires Council to prioritise its projects. There will only be two rounds of the Fund. Council expects the second round of funding to open up in early to mid 2018. Council is seeking the community’s help to prioritise the projects for the current round as well as identify new projects for consideration in Round 2.

‘This is a once in a generation opportunity to seek funding for community infrastructure that provides amenity, enables socially inclusive activities and improves the lives of Bellingen Shire residents’, said Mayor Dominic King.

‘I would encourage any resident with an infrastructure project that would benefit the community to register their idea’, the Mayor said.

For information regarding the applications for the current round and to vote on your preferred project, please go to the Create Bellingen website at While you are there, you can leave your ideas on additional projects for consideration for Round 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The survey is open until Sunday 15 October 2017.

For information on the Stronger Country Communities Fund, go to