Parkes Shire Council is encouraging its residents to help shortlist the projects and initiatives they'd like to see submitted under Round Three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
The SCCF aims to deliver crucial infrastructure and programs to improve the quality of life of people living in regional NSW.
Council said the Parkes Shire is eligible for $409,017.50 in funding for community projects and $409,017.50 for youth Initiatives targeting 12 to 24-year-olds.
That's why they're putting a call-out to the shire to have their say by August 5 on what projects they'd like to see council mark as priority.
"This is a great opportunity for the community to assist council in making an informed decision about projects and initiatives to be delivered under the funding program," Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said.
"Part of this new round of funding has a focus on young people, to assist with the delivery of programs that enhance young people's artistic, civic, cultural, leadership, recreational and sporting development, improve their physical and mental health, connect them to affordable and reliable transport and digital options, or support them in their pursuit of further education and training."
Residents can share their ideas via council's Social Pinpoint, by clicking any of the six themes and adding a new submission, or showing their support for an existing submission by commenting or liking the post.
The six themes include Sport and Recreation, Technology and Connectivity, Education and Training, Health and Wellbeing, Art and Culture, and Community Amenity.
Community feedback closes at 5pm, Monday, August 5.
The community's priority projects will then be further scoped for formal submission in September. The submissions will be assessed for funding eligibility by the NSW Government.
Parkes Shire Council has provided a list of what is considered an eligibleproject.
Eligible Community Projects:
- Construction of new, or upgrades to existing local community or sporting infrastructure.
- Street beautification.
- Improvements to public places that promote health, happiness and wellbeing of community.
- Delivery of programs that benefit local community.
- Infrastructure to assist delivery of community programs.
- Hosting an event.
Eligible Youth Initiatives:
- Development of new, or upgrades to existing youth infrastructure.
- Delivery of youth programs and events.
- Must relate to the areas of community, wellbeing, connectivity and work readiness.
Projects that are ineligible for the funding include:
- Exclusively for planning activities (e.g. master planning or heritage studies).
- Maintenance or construction of local roads or other ongoing core service infrastructure works.
- Retrospective funding to cover projects already complete.
- Ongoing staff or operational costs beyond three years.
- General works without specific scope, costs and location (e.g. 'upgrade lighting at sports ovals').
- Exclusively for marketing, branding, advertising or product promotion.
- Commercial and/or exclusive private benefit to an individual or business.