Town centre upgrade hits snag

THE multi-million dollar upgrades of Cooma's CBD and town entrances have hit a snag, with some of the work being put on hold.

While there has been progress, a number of aspects of the project will be delayed after a federal government grant of almost $250,000 fell through.

Despite the hiccup, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council mayor Dean Lynch said he was happy with how the project was progressing.

"That money was allowing us to do a bit more than what we had hoped," he said.

"I'm hopeful to get some state funding to top it up."

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council applied for a Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) grant of $246,457 for the Cooma town entrance signs in July last year.

However, due to the change in government the RDAF department was dissolved before the grant could be finalised. As a result the council has had to modify the scope of works of the CBD project.

Works on the Sharp Street roundabout upgrades, banner poles for Bombala and Jindabyne entrances, removal of light pole fixtures and banner poles on Cooma Creek have been pushed back. A report that came to the council through the CBD working party said the work would be undertaken at a later date when additional funds are available. Overall, Cr Lynch said he was happy with the way the project was progressing.

"The scoping of work has come under budget, which has allowed us to do a few other things," he said.

"I'm pretty happy with. I've only had positive comments from the community."

Other works that are part of the $3 million project are progressing, with new town entrance signs and banner poles expected to be installed at the northern entrance of town this month.

Local business Stockl will design, manufacture and install the signs. This will be accompanied by 10 banner poles, with more to be installed when funds are available.

Work on blister garden beds in Sharp Street is also expected to begin in February and take two months to complete.

The Rotary Club has donated 10 seats to be placed around the CBD as part of its 60th anniversary. The council has purchased an additional 10 seats to be placed along the bike path and walking track around town.

The council has also received a donation for a town clock. The location and the design of the clock is still under consideration. Work is also continuing on CBD corners.

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