Council ready to dish out dollars

MONDAY’S extraordinary meeting of Dubbo Regional Council will come with some welcome news for 23 organisations located within the boundaries of the merged entity.

Council will formally endorse $350,000 worth of grants to those groups, as well as some not-for profit organisations at the meeting.

Administrator Michael Kneipp said the formal Council resolution will confirm funding from the Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants program for 26 separate projects.

Among the Dubbo groups to benefit are the Dubbo Croquet Club, Dubbo Running Festival, Dubbo Rescue Squad, Dubbo Show Society, South Dubbo Cricket Club and Dubbo Westside Rugby League Club.

“The Stronger Communities Fund provided by the NSW State Government to the new Council has allowed the funding of both small and high value projects that will make a real difference to community groups and local organisations,” Mr Kneipp said.

“The smallest project recommended is $1,680.00 for the Wellington Amateur Theatrical Society to purchase and install metal clothing racks and the largest grant recommended is $38,400 for replacement of water pipes for a village water supply project by the Euchareena Village Progress Association,” Mr Kneipp said.

“Sport and recreation facilities will be improved with $16,400 of lighting extensions on the Tracker Riley Cycleway supporting the Dubbo Running Festival and facility upgrades for the Eumungerie and District Recreation Association totalling $22,735.”

“All projects meet a community need and will be valued by the organisation and contribute to the social development of the community,” Mr Kneipp said.

“Confirming these grants will be welcome news for the organisations that have submitted such quality applications and I look forward to being able to formally congratulate the applicants and for the projects to commence in the near future,” he said.

Council has allocated $1 million of the $10 million funding received from the Stronger Communities Fund to the Community Grants Program to be split over three financial years.

The recommendations for funding will be considered for formal approval at an Extraordinary Council meeting on Monday, commencing at 5.15pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers.

The report containing the recommendations is available on Council’s website: