Griffith City Council is gearing up for another busy year, with a number of large-scale projects earmarked to get underway.
One of the most exciting things set to get in motion is the building of the new sporting precinct, funding for which was contributed by the government in the second half of 2018.
With the start of the CBD Upgrade which saw the Yambil Street beautification commence in October 2018, council say Stage One of the project is on track for scheduled completion mid-2019.
“We are happy with how the work in Yambil Street is progressing and thank businesses and the community for their patience and cooperation,” Cr Dal Broi said.
In 2018, Council was successful in applying for funding to go towards the new Sporting Precinct Project.
The State Government awarded council $10 million to go towards to $24.8 million project, under the Regional Sports Infrastructure Program.
This project is set to see a 50m pool built at the existing Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre and significant expansion of facilities at West End Oval.
“This sports hub is an opportunity to put Griffith on the map in terms of regional sporting facilities. Tenders are currently being called for the design and construction.
Cr Dal Broi said council will maintain community focus and continue to involve residents in these projects.
FINAL TOUCHES ON INDUSTRIAL LINK ROAD
With the new roundabout at the intersection of Thorne Road and Kidman Way almost finished, planning and design work is well underway on the Thorne Road West/Bromley Road/Lavender Bend section.
Despite the “unavoidable delay” in construction on the Thorne Road Roundabout, which council associated with the difficulties in arranging the relocation of the power poles, Cr Dal Broi said “that will be sorted very soon.”
PATHWAYS AND FACELIFTS
The shared pathway connecting Hanwood and Griffith will also get underway this year.
“Our community can be confident Council is in a sound financial position to be able to deliver services they need now and into the future,” Cr Dal Broi said.
Grant applications were prepared and submitted with good news received on several fronts, including a $1.1 million upgrade for Griffith Regional Theatre and a facelift for Memorial Park.
Funding has also been secured for a new amenities block at Jubilee Oval and a substantial community stage and toilet facilities in the City Park /Community Gardens precinct. Planning of these projects will progress this year.
The Western Riverina Country Universities Centre Study Hub is due to be up and running by 1 July 2019, with a branch also located in Leeton. Recruitment has started to fill the position of Centre Manager.
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