Cabonne councillors come through on village promise

READY FOR WORK: Cabonne mayor Kevin Beatty (top right) with Molong Pool, Dr Ross Recreation Ground and Cargo Oval, which have been listed for improvements.

READY FOR WORK: Cabonne mayor Kevin Beatty (top right) with Molong Pool, Dr Ross Recreation Ground and Cargo Oval, which have been listed for improvements.

VILLAGE beautification was one of the top priorities to come out of the Cabonne Council election, and now ratepayers are being asked what they want to see done.

The council has released a list of 55 projects for Mullion Creek, Yeoval, Manildra, Cargo, Eugowra, Cumnock and Molong as part of its $2 million village enhancement program.

It starts at the basic from stocking public toilets and air-conditioning for community halls to planting trees, cleaning up town approaches and murals on silos.

But larger projects are also proposed, including footpaths, playgrounds, exercise equipment, sealing dirt roads, electronic equipment for sporting facilities, stormwater improvements and establishing a rail trail. 

Cumnock has asked for four powered sites at its showground to host caravans and campers and the old Hanover Bridge to be used as a parking bay for travellers to have a safe spot off the road to pull over.

General beautification is also on the list, including plaques, for each village. 

Mayor Kevin Beatty said councillors wanted to hear about ratepayers’ priorities.

“It was a wish of a lot of councillors [at the election] to upgrade the towns and there haven’t been improvements in some time.,” he said.

He believed RV parking close to the town centre was important for Molong.

“Then caravaners can stop and take the opportunity to walk up the street and spend their money in the town,” he said. 

As well as prioritising, residents have also been asked to suggest projects in villages where none have already been submitted.

Meanwhile, the council has also asked community groups to submit projects suitable for funding under the second round of the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

There haven’t been improvements in some time.

Mayor Kevin Beatty

Projects could include new facilities or refurbishments to existing ones.

There is no cap on the cost of projects, but each must be worth at least $100,000 and must be ready to start as soon as funding is announced.

“In most cases, this means all planning requirements, such as development applications, should be completed or substantially under way,” Cr Beatty said. 

Submissions for the villages program should be mailed to the General Manager, PO Box 17 Molong 2866 or emailed to council@cabonne.nsw.gov.au by Friday, January 5, while the deadline for the state program is January 31.

Village enhancement shortlist 

Mullion Creek

Assistance with cleaning and stocking of supply for the public toilets

Yeoval

  • Air conditioning and water cooling for the Community Hall
  • Cleaning up and grassing down all town approaches - on Molong approach and Parkes Road approach, including removal of wattle growth and filling in wash erosions
  • An audit of all of the footpath conditions
  • An audit of playground equipment at the recreational ground
  • Construction of a safety fence around the playground area
  • A culvert construction to the access that exists off the Obley Road servicing the council depot and the Rural Fire shed

Manildra

  • Exercise equipment – Montana Park
  • Replacement of water stations
  • Sealing of dirt roads
  • Truck turning facilities and overnight parking within reasonable distance from food outlets and amenities

Cargo

Cargo Village Green

  • Replace tin BBQ Shelter with a ‘centrepiece’ shelter that incorporates the BBQ but also can serve as an outdoor ‘stage’ /seating area.
  • More trees
  • Move the cannon from the Children’s Playground to the Village Green
  • A garden bed of agapanthus on the strip of land between the street and the parking bay

Cargo Children’s Playground

  • Upgrade and extend shade structure over playground equipment
  • A drinking fountain
  • Additional play equipment for older children (10+ years)

Cargo Oval

  • Top soil, seed and fertilise
  • Electronic score board

Cargo Tennis Courts

  • New LED lights, cabling and upgrade power board

Eugowra

  • Reconstruction of Pye Street and provision of footpath access mobility standards from recent reconstruction works near St Joseph’s school to Noble Street
  • Preparation of a strategic stormwater drainage plan for East Eugowra
  • Retention of a noxious and nuisance weed spray budget for Eugowra
  • Council’s assistance in meeting town mower running costs

Cumnock

  • Tree Replacement Program throughout Cabonne
  • Large pots and plants on the footpath in front of the General Store and Post Office - Cross Roads Building
  • Four powered sites at the Cumnock Showground to host caravans and campers
  • Preservation of Surveyor’s Tree 1888 - Cement structure and seating shelters to be placed near the showground
  • New garbage bins needed in the main street - 1 near the general store and 1 in front of the old Court House building- same style as existing built in bin
  • The fence around the Rec Ground needs painting
  • A row of bitumen in front of the CCC Buildings and the Bowling Club carpark
  • Art work on all silos throughout Cabonne
  • Ornamental lighting
  • Banners promoting "Things to see and visit'
  • Plaques in each town on picnic tables or near toilet facilities promoting all our communities
  • Street beautification - to make the area attractive for tourists - Cabonne to incorporate some unique way for each village and town
  • The old Hanover Bridge be utilised as a parking bay reset for travellers to have a safe spot off the road to pull over and utilise (not as a camping area).

Molong

  • Molong Swimming Pool – new, upgrades, indoor/heating
  • Toilets and showers at the showground
  • Additional flagpole at recreation ground to cater for an Indigenous flag on Australia Day
  • Upgrade signage of town entrances and town signage
  • Mural on silos
  • Mural on swimming pool wall
  • Additional dog rest area
  • Upgrade lighting at the recreation ground
  • Parking area for caravans
  • Drawcard event
  • Footpaths to be made gopher friendly
  • Fitness equipment at recreation ground
  • Establishment of a rail trail
  • Picnic tables at recreation ground
  • Establishment of a History Park/Gasometer