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COUNCIL SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON GRANT PRIORITIES

Date: 31 August 2017

Maitland City Council will apply for funding for three community infrastructure projects under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund in October, and Council is asking your help to prioritise which projects are more important for the community.

The three projects include the development of five fenced, off leash dog exercise areas around the city, construction of a cycleway from Gillieston Heights to Maitland and improvements to Bakers Brickyard Playground.

Council’s Executive Manager Strategy and Performance Leah Flint says ‘Council has listened to community feedback and requests and we believe all three of these projects would benefit the entire community. However, as we may not receive funding for any or all of the projects, Council is required to rank the projects in order of preference. We are looking to the community to help inform this decision.’

The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund is designed to assist Councils to build new or refurbish community facilities or enhance local parks. Identified projects must be in addition to Council’s current capital works program, support local jobs and businesses, and be constructed within the next two years.

A further aspect of the program is ensuring selected projects are aligned to community priorities. The three projects identified have been selected based on extensive citizen feedback over the past two years.

The project for the off leash dog areas would focus on upgrading five of the existing off leash areas including a fully fenced area, entry and maintenance gates, bins, seating and access to water.

The cycleway project is a continuation of the existing pathway along Cessnock Road, from Gillieston Heights to Maitland Park (New England Highway pedestrian overpass), including a cycleway bridge over Fishery Creek.

The final project is Bakers Brickyard Playground improvements, including a shade structure, toilets and off road car parking. While designed as a local park, the area has been used by families across Maitland.

Council is seeking community input via a survey, open from 1 to 12 September 2017, at maitlandyoursay.com.au and Maitland Your Say on Facebook.