A busy year looms ahead for Griffith, with Council crediting a strong financial position enableing them to tackle projects of a large magnitude.
Griffith Mayor Councillor John Dal Broi and General Manager Brett Stonestreet are both excited about projects set for the new year.
Cr Dal Broi outlined Council's budget for 2017/18, which includes a large number of projects, including additional funds for the next stages of the Southern Industrial Link Road and the Lake Wyangan/Nericon Seweage Program.
“The $5.9 million investment will see stage 5b, 6a and 6b for the Griffith Southern Industrial Link (GSIL) funded resulting in a safer passage for road users in Griffith, particularly those travelling on the Burley Griffin Way, Irrigation Way and Kidman Way,” Cr Dal Broi said.
Being in a strong financial position allows us to take on projects of this magnitude.Mayor John Dal Broi.
He said these works will ensure there is less congestion on Griffith roads and increase productivity for heavy vehicle operators and primary producers across the region.
"The $5 million Village Sewer Program includes $2.1 million funding from the NSW Government's $110 million Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program and will see 141 properties throughout Lake Wyangan, Nericon and Tharbogang benefit from modern sewerage infrastructure which is safe and reliable.”
As a general rule for grant funding for major projects, Cr Dal Broi said Council is expected to contribute at least 30% of the project cost.
“Being in a strong financial position allows us to take on projects of this magnitude,” he said.
"While not originally in Council's budget, due to lobbying and a successful partnership between Council, the State Government and Business, we received a commitment from the State which will allow for the construction of the shared pathway connecting Hanwood and Griffith."
"Council has been very successful in attracting significant investment from both the State and Federal Governments which is largely due to the commitment we have to lobbying and having the recognition of being a Regional Hub."
Cr Stonestreet said 2018 is already shaping up to be a very busy one for council, outlining work on being conducted on the roads.
“The Industrial Link Rd (City heavy vehicle bypass) continues in earnest this year with the seal of Thorne Road due for completion during February. The next section to start in February/March, will be a roundabout at the intersection of Kidman Way and Thorne Road,” he said.
"The first stage of the Griffith CBD upgrade project will kick off in May/June with a facelift of Yambil Street between Jondaryan Ave and Kooyoo Street. Council will continue to consult with business proprietors to minimise inconvenience during works."
The Villages of Lake Wyangan, Nericon and Tharbogang are set to receive sewerage reticulation infrastructure, commencing during 2018.
"Tenders are currently being called for the design and construction of new automated flood gates, commonly known as the East Mirrool Regulator, across the Mirrool Creek near Yenda. Council is working closely with Murrumbidgee Irrigation to have these works completed this year."
A series of shared pathways will also be constructed this year, including along Kidman Way from Watkins Avenue to Baiada’s entrance.
“Each of the above projects have been made possible through a partnership between Council and the NSW State Government and we are delighted that the Government recognises the importance of supporting the growth of our Regional City."