MAYORAL MATTERS: Second attempt at federal grant

ColacWednesday16Mar005This year, our community will see the beginnings of a transformation of our central business district as council starts work on the Colac CBD and Entrances Project.

I’m excited to inform you about an exciting development regarding this project, and that is that we are about to submit a round three funding application to the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

We were devastated in December when we missed out on round two National Stronger Regions funding. It was looking like we wouldn’t be able to apply for round three due a requirement by the State Government to have started the project by this April.

But, just as we were about to go out to tender with the money we had at our disposal, the State Government has given us a reprieve.

They’re allowing us to delay the tender process and the start of works to give us one last dip at National Stronger Regions – and we’ll be giving it our best shot.

The National Stronger Regions Fund calls for dollar for dollar funding. We will be pitching a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Victoria and $475,000 from council.

If our application is successful, we’ll have $1.95 million to upgrade the median strip, lighting, footpaths, street furniture, landscaping and more.

We think this is a ripper project – one that will transform our shopping precinct, enhancing the economics for our local businesses as well as making the CBD a nicer place to stop and shop.

Applications for National Stronger Regions closed yesterday and we’ll keep you all informed on how our third round application goes.

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