Oberon Council puts projects forward for Drought Communities Program funding

A KITCHEN upgrade at Black Springs Hall and social events at O’Connell are two of four projects Oberon Council hopes will win funding from the Federal Government. 

Oberon is one of the councils eligible to receive funding for community infrastructure and other projects up to the amount of $1 million under the Federal Government’s $75 million extension to the Drought Communities Program.

At Oberon Council's most recent ordinary meeting, four projects were selected to be submitted for possible funding under the program.

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The first project is drought relief events at O’Connell to the value of $27,500.

The O’Connell Primary School and O’Connell Valley Community Association are proposing to run three social events – a free musical event on December 9, 2018, old-fashioned bush dance in March 2019 and a cycling and running event in April 2019 – to bring the community together.

Funding will include running free buses from Oberon so that the whole community can be involved.

The second project is to install commercial benches and an oven, put down vinyl flooring and repaint the kitchen as part of a kitchen upgrade at the Black Springs Hall to the value of $44,000.

The project was nominated by members of the Black Springs community and council staff who are responsible for management of the hall.

The third project, worth $140,800, is to install picnic shelters, barbecues, fire pits and toilet facilities and upgrade the internal road into the Burraga Dam

This project was nominated by the Burraga Community Association.

The fourth project is to upgrade the upper sections of the gravel loop track within the Reef Reserve, replace the boundary fencing, level and cut 20 campsites, install barbecues, four fire pits, and erect safety and remote supervision signage.

This project, worth $49,500, has been proposed by council staff.

The remaining priority projects for the Drought Communities Program funding will be determined at council's December meeting.

They include an uncosted raw water standpipe project; an upgrade to the amenities block at Oberon Showground valued at $38,500 or a rebuild at an estimated cost of $130,000; water bores at Black Springs and O’Connell valued at $161,150; a footpath at the Avenue of Trees, O’Connell valued at $258,500; and a $187,000 Oberon Indoor Fitness Centre equipment fitout.