SOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council has voted to refer an extra $250,000 in project costs to the shire’s 2014/2015 budget process after the Federal money dried up.
The shire was awarded close to $400,000 in June this year from round five of the Regional Development Australia Fund grants.
The shire chose the Hamilton Skate Park upgrade, Lakes Edge Playground expansion and the HILAC energy saving projects to receive the previously allocated funds.
The shire has now confirmed that the new Coalition Government will not go ahead with the previous Labor Government’s funding commitments.
However, these ‘shovel ready’ projects can not simply be cancelled as the shire has already made financial arrangements with the State Government.
Shire services director, Bronwyn Herbert, told councillors that the shire had agreed to underwrite potential grant money in order to receive start-up funds.
“In a very short space of time, and in discussion with council, officers submitted applications for four projects,’ she said.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, Dece,ber 14, 2013