Member for Murray Austin Evans alongside the Member for Albury Greg Aplin today announced a $5.59 million funding package for Murrumbidgee Council.

Mr Evans said the funding will help the new council go from strength to strength in building the infrastructure and services the community needs.

“Murrumbidgee Council has done a terrific job since its creation in May 2016 to ensure it is in the best possible position to deliver for its community,” Mr Evans said.

“This funding injection is in recognition of this strong performance and the ongoing work it needs to carry out to ensure it meets the expectations of local residents.”

He said it would also fund a range of much-needed new and upgraded facilities to improve the lifestyle and amenity of the local community.

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae and Austin Evans.

“Coleambally will receive $2.065 million in funding including $1 million for Brolga Place Streetscape/Masterplan upgrade works, $565,000 for Community Hall upgrade works, and $500,000 for Sports Precinct upgrade works,” Mr Evans said.

“Darlington Point will receive $2 million, with $1.5 million for development of the Young Street subdivision, $300,000 for the Waddi Community Centre – Stage 1&2 of the Education, Arts & Cultural Centre, and $200,000 for the Darlington Point Caravan Park Plan of Management.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said she was delighted with the funding and thanked the NSW Government.

Cr McRae said this funding will make an enormous difference to the communities of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.

“We have wonderful, vibrant towns in our shire. This funding will mean a range of exciting projects can now progress that will greatly benefit our communities and enhance what is currently available”, Cr McRae said.

Mr Aplin said the funding is a long term investment in Murrumbidgee Council.

“The package also includes $425,000 towards a telephone tower at Bundure and $300,000 for compliance requirements for Jerilderie’s Long Day Care Centre.

“The council will also receive $800,000 to continue to strengthen its operational systems including $350,000 for integration and updating of its Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans, $300,000 for improved project readiness (developing design briefs and estimates), and $150,000 for Integrated Risk Management Systems.”

The funding is in addition to the $15 million the NSW Government provided to the council when it was created in May 2016 towards upfront administration costs and to kick-start delivery of community infrastructure.