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Moree Plains Shire Council will put forward five applications under the Stronger Country Communities Fund in order to win a share of $822,000 for local projects that improves the liveability of Moree Plains.


The NSW State Government has released the funding under its Regional Growth Fund which invests in projects that facilitate regional development to enable essential infrastructure, support of arts and culture, enhance and build sporting infrastructure, improve regional voice and data connectivity, spur job creation and deliver local infrastructure.


The Council endorsed the following projects to be put forward for consideration under Round 1 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund:


  • Development of the Mehi River Corridor: $500,000 for works to build Moree’s greatest natural asset – the Mehi River – including a central looped shared bicycle/pedestrian pathway on either side of the Mehi River, improved amenities including installation of static exercise equipment, picnic tables, park benches and drinking fountains.
  • Mungindi Civic amenity upgrades: $100,000 for a shade structure at the town pool, resurfacing of tennis courts and installation of static exercise equipment.
  • Moree Water Park: $140,000 for earthworks and development of the ‘Mehi’ beach area and automated gate access.
  • Boggabilla Sport and Community Facility: $140,000 for lighting and community amenity improvements.
  • Ron Harbourne Oval: $100,000 for improvements to infrastructure.


Moree Plains Shire Council’s Economic and Development Manager Mark Connolly explained these projects are being submitted as part of the first round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and there will be opportunities for business and community groups to submit applications for the next round in 2018/19.


“These local infrastructure projects represent true community partnerships and will improve amenities and help sustain the social bonds that the people of the black soil plains are so well known for.”


“I encourage sporting groups and organisation’s to begin considering their applications for next year with designs, quotes and plans – this funding really is a rare and unique opportunity for our Shire,” said Mr Connolly.





As part of the NSW State Government’s Regional Growth Fund, Moree Plains Shire Council has submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) application under the Regional Cultural Fund for funding of Stage One of the Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment project.


The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund supports local communities to create bold and exciting arts infrastructure reflecting the rich diversity of regional areas, with up to $25 million available in the first round of funding.


Opened in 1923, the Moree Civic Precinct (which includes the Moree Memorial Hall, Banquet Hall, Moree Community Library, kitchen, building facade and amenities) has long been Moree’s flagship cultural venue, and the home of the arts for the region. However, it is in need of redevelopment to satisfy the more modern requirements of theatrical and dance groups, visiting stage shows, training and educational requirements, expo and conferences and community use.


Moree Town Memorial HallThe Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment project will provide much needed upgrades to ensure that this majestic building can continue servicing the community well into the future.


The goals of Stage One of the Project will be to improve the building's functionality and amenities; including installation of a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, fitting LED lighting and acoustic systems, new staging and rigging infrastructure, and improved disability access with lift and refurbished bathroom facilities, valued at over $2,339,553.


Stage One of the project does not include a cinema.


Moree Plains Shire Council is strongly committed to the preservation of the iconic Moree Civic Precinct pledging $1,219,253 in cash co-contribution for the EOI towards the Project.


The outcome of the EOI application under the Regional Cultural Fund will not be announced until late October 2017. If successful, Council will then be invited to submit a full grant application with the outcome to be announced mid-February 2018.







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