New public toilets, upgrades to netball courts and upgrading footpaths are some of the options on the table for Orange after nearly a million dollars worth of funding was announced under the third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Orange City Council will canvas public opinion on how to best spend the $930,667 based on community feedback on the YourSay Orange website, with the results to go back to the state government who will then decide which projects to fund.
A list released by council included a list of proposed projects which can be voted on by the public.
- Anzac Park netball courts Orange City Council would build two extra outdoor netball courts to the east of the existing 8 outdoor court facility. The extra courts would cater for growing numbers in one of Orange's biggest sports when it comes to participation-numbers COST : $267,000
- Extra Footpaths for Orange Orange City Council would build more new and replacement footpaths. If successful the grant would bring forward the list of projects for future years, delivering more new and upgraded footpaths sooner. COST : $350,000
- New Toilets in 3 local parks Orange City Council would build new toilet facilities in three local parks - John Lomas Skate Park, Perry Oval and Glenroi Oval. COST : $240,000 ($80,000 each)
- Supported Housing for Youth: Working in partnership with Veritas House, Council would buy a house to be used to provide supported accommodation for young people. The facility would be operated by Veritas House, a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to children, young people, families and foster carers. COST : $350,000
- Re-paint Moulder Park former netball courts: Council would re-paint the disused courts with specially-designed markings so it can be used as a site for learning to ride bicycles safely. COST : $20,000
- Orange Youth Hub: Council would operate a Youth Hub drop-in centre, with programs designed in partnership with young people, including disengaged and at risk youth. The will have a wide range of regular activities and workshops, including sport, music, art, and dance workshops, chill out spaces, homework and employment and training application assistance. The purchase of a 12 seater bus would allow safe transport for young people to access the program. COST : $336,620.54 for a three-year program, with one part-time coordinator and one casual worker.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd is encouraging local residents to go online and vote for the projects that are important to them.
"At Orange City Council we've always got more projects in the pipeline than we can fund, so a government grants program like this lets us tackle new opportunities sooner." Cr Kidd said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the result of the vote and learning which projects the people of Orange think are the most important."
The deadline for voting is Friday 30 August.
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