Community groups get funding for local projects

Community groups and associations across the Cooma-Monaro shire have been given the green light to spend $72,000 on a set of projects approved by council.

Eight community groups and associations received $9,000 each from council to put toward projects of their choice in light of a growing list of requests from the groups.

The associations representing, Bredbo, Jerangle, Michelago, Nimmitbael, Numeralla, Tinderry Mountains, Smith's Road and the Arts and Cultural Activities Committee submitted a list of projects to council requesting an allocation of funds.

The projects are for upgrades of infrastructure in the villages. In Bredbo for example the money will be used to upgrade the floor and kitchen in the community hall, upgrade the shed at the recreation ground, upgrade facilities at the tennis court and provisions for a statue in Centennial Park to mark the 125 year anniversary.

The total cost of the projects at Bredbo is estimated at about $21,000.

Jerangle proposed to use the funding for road repairs along Jerangle Cemetery Road.

Nimmitabel will use the money to cover half the cost of upgrading the facilities of the Nimmitabel Caravan Park while at Numeralla it will be put towards a $12,500 electrical upgrade of the community hall.

The money will go a long way toward installing a composting toilet at Calabash Road estimated to cost $9,900 and Smith's Road will look to use the money to cover some of the cost of upgrading the community hall and paving the surrounds of the hall.

The Art and Cultural Activities Committee have chosen to divide the funding between various groups. The Monaro Art Group, Snowy Monaro Arts Council, Cooma Harmony Chorus, University of the Third Age, the Multicultural Festival and the Remembrance Day event will each receive $1,000 with the Cooma Little Theatre to get $3,000.

The Michelago Region Community Association (MRCA) had requested the money be used for an $80,000 upgrade of the tennis courts.

Council will liaise with MRCA about their request for additional assistance with its tennis court upgrade project.

The money was earmarked for eight community groups and associations by Cooma-Monaro Shire Council in June.

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