New year new infrastructure

Further Federal Government funding will assist the planned expansion of the existing splashpark on the Yarrawonga foreshore and the removal of the waterslide. Photo by Les_Garbutt

A number of local projects will benefit from further funding with the Federal Government starting this month.

Additional funds to Phase three of the program commence this month.

Moira Shire Council was advised in October last year that its allocation under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP) Phase three is $5,089,786.

$1,275 million of the funds have been allocated through the 2021-22 budget process and the remaining funds are now to be allocated to allow planning and complete projects as soon as possible after the funding becomes available on January 1.

As part of the COVID stimulus package, the Federal Government announced two rounds of LRCIP funding, Phase one of $500 million and Phase two, $1 billion nationally.

Council’s allocation for Phase one was $2.544million and Phase two, $2.483 million. Each round is expected to be acquitted within 12 months with Phase one due to be acquitted at the end of June, 2021 and Phase two acquitted at the end of December, 2022.

Cr Ed Cox said it was great to see a number of projects within the moira region being accepted for further funding.

“This whole funding program has been welcomed and the projects which have been selected are well deserving,” Cr Cox said.

“I fully support this motion and I am pleased to be a part of these projects receiving funding.”

Cr Peter Lawless was also pleased with the distribution of the funding for projects.

“The funds have gone all across the shire, not just the main towns which is great to see.”

Cr Elliott added to Cr Lawless’ comments saying “the table of projects that can be funded is quite broad.”

Projects selected for this funding need to be almost ready to go, in that design should be substantially complete, and permit processes either completed or not required. The funding criteria allows council to fund drainage projects which do not generally attract grant funding, an opportunity too good to pass over.

Local projects funded in the 2021/22 council budget include:
Project value Allocated funds
Yarrawonga Splashpark - Expansion of the existing splashpark on foreshore and removal of waterslide.$500,000 $450,000.
Botts Rd Yarrawonga - Installation of footpath and kerb and channel on west side between Jane Rd and MVH. $305,000 $305,000.
Wilby Rec Reserve - Installation of a sand arena for relocation of adult riding club from Vic Park to site.$100,000$100,000.
The $3.815 million of unallocated LRCIP Phase three funding for the second half of the 21-22 financial year and into the 22-23 financial year and some of the funds are proposed to be include:
Woods Rd Kerb and Channel - Installation of kerb and channel along the west side of Woods Rd on the VicPark, P12, and cemetery frontage. $350,000.
Yarrawonga swimming pool precinct public toilet - Install a public toilet to serve the tennis club and car park adjacent to the Yarrawonga Swimming Pool.$175,000.
Reilly’s Rd drainage upgrade Provide a drainage channel between Reilly’s Rd and Brownings diversion for low flows and spillway into Main Channel.$150,000.