J W Purtle Park Mulwala will have a new toilet block to complement the new all-abilities playground, courtesy of a grant to Federation Council under the NSW Government Stronger Communities Program.
Toilet block improvements will also occur in Corowa and Howlong. Together with Howlong Preschool expansion, Urana Caravan Park improvements and Corowa cycleway extension, the toilet facilities upgrades were Federation Council’s top four ranked projects for this type of grant funding.
Council’s applications for the four projects worth a combined value of $1,400,014 were submitted on September 13 after consultation with the community and prior to the newly elected Federation Council being sworn in.
“Applications from the community demonstrated a strong desire from the community for new and improved public toilet facilities across the council area,” council’s corporate and community services Kristy Kay said at council’s monthly meeting on February 20 before the approval.
“The recently adopted Disability Inclusion Action Plan also identified the need to ensure facilities are accessible to all members of the community.”
State Member for Albury Greg Aplin and Minister for Tourism, Special Events and Skill Adam Marshall announced the grants on Monday.
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke thanked the minister and Mr Aplin for their attendance at Monday’s funding announcement.
“Council is thankful for this funding and I am confident that the delivery of these projects will only further support council’s goal of building strong and sustainable communities,” Mayor Bourke said.
Bangerang Park Corowa would have a new toilet to support the park’s new playground.
Upgraded toilet facilities for Lowe Square Howlong would also occur.
All three substantial upgrades would include disabled access and baby change facilities. Council sought $332,300 for Howlong Preschool expansion, from one room providing 26 places per day to two-room supporting 40 children a day.
The preschool upgrade also includes disability access, a central administration area, community room, replacement bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Urana Caravan Park improvements totalling $100,000 is for a new, large, fully accessible cabin.
A grant of $371,041 was to extend the bitumen cycle track from the entrance of the Corowa Common to the Corowa Golf Club.
Council hopes to hear soon about the ‘Murray River Regional Experiences’ initiative. Federation Council partnered with Albury City and Berrigan councils to submit a major application to the NSW Regional Growth - Environmental and Tourism Fund for a grant request of $3,853,652.
The total project cost is estimated at $7,191,417 which includes Corowa Riverfront Precinct, Mulwala Foreshore Precinct and Corowa-Mulwala Trail.