A ninja course, a hub to provide for vulnerable people, and a recycling venture combining disability employment and environmental sustainability are among the proposed projects looking for votes from Dubbo.
A total of 36 nominated hopefuls in the Dubbo electorate are seeking up to $200,000 of funding under the NSW government's My Community Project program, and their success will be decided at the grassroots level.
Members of the public are being asked to consider which proposals will provide the most benefit to their area and cast a vote.
Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders encouraged residents to get involved and choose between three and five of the nominated projects.
"This is an innovative and exciting program that is putting decision-making back in the hands of community members to weigh in on their top picks for projects in the region," Mr Saunders said.
More than 20 of the 36 Dubbo electorate projects are from the Dubbo district, with others from the Narromine, Wellington, Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong areas.
Funding of about $260,000 is available for the whole of the Dubbo electorate, Mr Saunders reports.
A partnership between Titan Macquarie Mud Run (TMMR), Club Dubbo and Dubbo Regional Council is seeking $200,000 to construct a TMMR ninja course, children's playground and car park.
"This will be the first ninja course of its kind to be built in our community. Unique," the project proposal said.
The car park would provide safer and increased access to Sir Roden Cutler Park and the Tracker Riley cycleway, and the project would provide the community of Dubbo, particularly West Dubbo with an additional space, it said.
The Orana Support Service Hub would be a place for vulnerable people in our community to meet have a meal, wash and dry their clothes.
"The community project would help build social cohesion, increase connections between individuals and the community," the proposal said.
A sum of $200,000 is sought for Soil2Soul, a project to help marginalised young people turn their lives around.
"This project enables young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work ready, and secure meaningful employment," its proposal said.
Voting closes on August 15 and can be done online or at Service NSW.
Here's what's proposed for Dubbo and district:
- Orana Heights Public School P&C Association: Exercise and play circuit $50,000
- Macquarie River Paddle Club: Sandy Beach boat shed $100,000
- Dubbo Regional Council: Recycling is a sustainable choice $198,000
- Burrabadine Christian Community School: School bus $150,000
- Toongi Recreation Reserve and Hall Trust: Toongi Hall restoration and tennis project $150,000
- Connecting Community Services: Art exhibition, theatrical production on suicide prevention theme $65,000
- Dubbo City Speedway Club: Amenities upgrade $37,838
- Dubbo Regional Council: Dubbo Touch sports lighting for John McGrath Ovals $120,000
- Toongi Recreation Reserve and Hall Trust: Toongi community twilight tennis $63,767
- Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre: High ropes course $140,000
- NSW Farmers Association: The Exchange Workshops- Where Start-ups Start $21,842
- Dubbo and District Preschool Kindergarten Inc: Water-based nature playground $75,000
- Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service: Mobile physio & allied health clinic $114,862
- Dubbo Triathlon Club: Construction of safe steps to Macquarie River $20,000
- Orana Support Service: Hub for vulnerable people to have a meal, wash and dry clothes $180,000
- Dubbo Regional Council: Brocklehurst community playground $113,500
- Dubbo Regional Council: Architectural planning cost for grandstand project $53,985
- Dubbo Dirt Bike Club: Morris Park shade, shelter and sun protection program $22,980
- BaptistCare (NSW & ACT): Clean Start, a publicly accessible shower and disability toilet in the Hope Street Community Centre $29,411
- LeaderLife Limited: Soil2Soul: Creating Jobs for Youth $200,000
- 1st Dubbo Scouts: Portable rock-climbing wall for events $85,000
- Dymocks Children's Charities: Buninyong Public School Book Bank Program $39,500
- Dubbo Regional Council: Sir Roden Cutler ninja course and car park $200,000
- Playmates Cottage Childcare Centre Inc: Playmates bus $154,469