The public is being invited to nominate projects for State Government funding.
A total $886,929 is being made available to Goulburn Mulwaree as part of the Stronger Communities Fund, a report to council stated. Half of this will be allocated to youth projects under the guidelines.
At Tuesday night's council meeting, general manager Warwick Bennett is recommending that applications be made for $120,000 for a community bus; $95,000 for all abilities access at the Bourke Street community centre; $250,000 for a rage cage at Leggett Park; $85,000 for raiseable basketball boards at the basketball arena; $50,000 for expansion of the library's youth cafe; $100,000 for stage two redevelopment works at the Art Gallery; $90,000 for the Bungonia village amenities block and $250,000 for an amenities at the Cookbundoon sports fields.
However he also proposed other projects, such as the Shibetsu Japanese Garden in Victoria Park and more sports equipment and seating at the planned Riverside Park should councillors not find the former ones acceptable.
The projects will be subject to an open vote and those with the most support will receive funding. Community groups and organisations can also nominate their own projects.
Applications are open now and will close on Friday, September 27, 2019. Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman said successful projects would be announced from January onwards.
While Ms Tuckerman talked up the Fund as having delivered much needed infrastructure, including Victoria Park's skate park, Mr Bennett took a swipe at the program's monetary split.
"It is disappointing that that the State Government has given more monies to amalgamated councils to the detriment of (those) that were not the subject of a merger," he wrote in his report.
"For example, those new councils that originated from say three councils get three times the amount from this fund than Goulburn Mulwaree."
He said Mayor Bob Kirk recently made representations to Deputy Premier John Barilaro about the matter, saying the allocation "devalued" the importance of residents in the region.
"For example, an amalgamated council like Hilltops receives $127 per head of population and Goulburn Mulwaree receives just $27.50 per head. Obviously the representation by this council was ignored," Mr Bennett wrote.
For further information and the program guidelines, go to www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF
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