Council allocates roads, sports, and street grants

IMPROVEMENTS to local roads, netball facilities, landscapes and street projects will be targeted by Yarriambiack Shire Council  when it adopted $1.3 million in federal grants.
Councillors adopted a motion at Wednesday’s meeting to allocate just over  $1 million to local roads, which will offset the end of the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program.
Another $150,000 will be directed to netball facilities in Brim, Beulah and Rupanyup.
Council is planning to use federal grants to apply for a $2.2 million grant from State Government with a $140,000 contribution from the community groups in Brim and Beulah.
However, Yarriambiack Shire Council CEO Jessie Holmes said that councillors would have to convene and reallocate the federal grants.
The remaining $122,000 will go towards buying street furniture and plants for “beautification” projects across the shire.
Ms Holmes said that staff hired under the State Government’s $500 million Working For Victoria program will be used to complement the federal grant.
“The funding for Working for Victoria covered the people but it didn’t necessarily cover the materials, so we recommend that this is an easy way to be effective in a lot of community projects,” she said.

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