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Community led projects funded $590,000 across nearly twenty townships in Baw Baw Shire Council 2022/23 budget
17 community-requested projects across seven townships will be funded in council's new annual budget as a direct result of community submissions made during the budget consultation process.
Totalling $590,000 the projects range from new footpath and park infrastructure to environmental improvements with the aim of improving user experience, convenience and residents enjoyment of outdoor environments.
Council budget is an integral part of council's overall strategic planning framework and resources the directions that focuses on delivering quality services to the community
Project details include:
|Roadside car parking beside the public toilet in High Street.||Aberfeldy||Aberfeldy and District Association||$25,000|
|Footpath and nature strip improvements at the top of Helen Street.||Drouin||Community member||$19,000|
|New access path at Sanctuary Lifestyle and Surrounding access and path improvements between Harmon Drive and the new playground.||Drouin||Sanctuary Lifestyle Drouin Homeowners Committee||$55,000|
|Completion of the upgrade to Civic Park Drouin including cascades, outdoor rooms and signage.||Drouin||Community member||$66,000|
|Improvements to the wetlands, walking trails and boardwalks at Bellbird Park West.||Drouin||Community member||$50,000|
|Concreting footpaths near the toilets at the golf club car park in Drouin.||Drouin||Drouin Men's Shed Inc||$6,000|
|Development of an Active Transport Policy to guide an increased investment in key strategic active transport infrastructure (footpaths, shared paths and on-road bike lanes).||Drouin/ Warragul||Community member||$50,000|
|New picnic table, vehicle safety bollards and general improvements to park area in Rawson.||Rawson||Community member||$9,000|
|Review of the Baw Baw Planning Scheme relating to Trafalgar and Trafalgar East and their immediate surrounds.||Trafalgar||Community member||$100,000|
|Construction of a walking trail between the Australian Alpine Walking Track and the Walhalla Railway Station.||Walhalla||Walhalla & Mountain Rivers Tourism Association||$70,000|
|Safety improvements including pipe and fill to an open drain adjacent to Main Road.||Walhalla||Community member||$5,000|
|Scoping and detailed design of a footpath connection between Serene Court with the walking trail to Martin Court and Fernery Boulevard.||Warragul||Group of residents||$20,000|
|Installation of a footbridge/track that goes between the dog park and football oval at Brooker Park to connect the trail around the oval.||Warragul||Community member||$10,000|
|Trail and drainage improvements at Brooker Park.||Warragul||Community member||$20,000|
|Upgrades at Ellen Close Playground, clean up at the wetlands on Normanby Street and bridge upgrade.||Warragul||Community member||$5,000|
|New shelter, table and bench facilities in Chesterfield Estate.||Warragul||Community member||$15,000|
|Installation of a new footpath along Rodier Road between Summers Road and Loch Street.||Yarragon||Yarragon Primary School Community||$65,000|
A special council meeting was held on Thursday 26 May to hear these community members budget submissions. Council heard from 27 submitters and considered many more written submissions. Funding community-led projects is part of council's commitment to collaborating with the community to deliver the projects that matter.
To learn more about the Annual Budget 2022/23 and all the investments council is making to build a better Baw Baw in the year ahead, visit the 2022-23 Annual Budget website.
Advocating for the projects
Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "Baw Baw Shire is one of the few Victorian councils to withhold funds in the annual budget to allocate after the submissions process - ensuring a truly democratic process that gives the community every opportunity to advocate for what is important to them."
"We're proud to fund these projects and work towards their delivery over the next year. We thank the community groups and members who engaged with the council to advocate for the projects that matter to them." Cr Leaney said.
Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.
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