During 2017 Bellingen Shire Council submitted forty three grant applications and secured $2.3 million dollars of external funding for the Shire. This is a fabulous achievement for a small regional Council and the funding will benefit the community in countless ways.
Some of the externally funded projects include:
- Construction works at Bridge Street intersection to improve traffic flow and community safety
- Remediation of two underground petroleum tanks in Dorrigo to repair the environment
- Extension of the Hungry Head cycleway in Urunga to increase sport and recreational opportunities
- Painting at Thora Hall to reinvigorate a key public venue
- Installation of compactor bins at Raleigh Waste Management Centre to improve recycling
- Instalment of signage at Gleniffer Reserve to raise environmental awareness
- Purchase of flood monitoring equipment to improve community safety and manage emergencies
- Replacement of Deep Creek Bridge on Coramba Road to improve freight routes and enable economic development
- Coastal vegetation management to protect endangered ecological communities
Council will continue to seek grant money throughout 2018 and urges community based organisations to do the same. Currently there are open grants that will support environmental restoration, environmental tourism and heritage activation projects and many other grant programs are also due to open soon.
Mayor, Cr Dominic King said “It is vital to our community that Council continues to pursue external funding to provide the services and infrastructure needs of our residents. Right now, the State and Federal Governments are focused on investing in regional areas and Council intends to leverage every appropriate funding opportunity.”
For further information please contact Council’s Grants and Business Support Officer on 6655 7300.