Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Official Openings
Published on 01 September 2023
Berrigan Shire Council is proud to officially open the following projects funded with assistance from the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. The total project spend with funding and other contributions was just over $1.9 million. The LRCI Program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across the nation, supporting jobs and delivering benefits to local communities.
Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer said “The idea behind this specific funding package is to keep Council’s priority projects ticking along, employing locals & supporting local business.
We’re seeing a great example of that here in Berrigan Shire and I am delighted the Australian government has agreed to continue with the LRCI concept.”
The projects include:
Finley War Memorial Hall
This project consisted of a refurbish and revamp of the War Memorial Hall. Including, electrical upgrades, installation of LED lighting, replacement of doors and windows and upgraded flooring. There are a few minor works to still take place here although the difference these works have made to the War Memorial Hall is incredible.
Barooga Recreation Reserve Netball Courts
Construction of two outdoor netball courts with a concrete base and synthetic surface with suitable LED lighting. Associated realignment of internal roads and paths. Resurfacing of three outdoor tennis courts with a carpet surface. This project has upgraded sports facilities and improve pedestrian safety at the Barooga Recreation Reserve.
Smithers Road Upgrade
This project consisted of the re-sheeting and 3600m x 6m of road. Mayor Matthew Hannan said “this project will improve road safety for all users of Smithers Road, which has frequented heavy vehicle use”.
Solar Light Poles and Burkinshaw Street Landscaping
This project was initiated with the goal of implementing 18 solar-powered streetlights. Mayor Hannan observed that “The newly installed lights are already adding to the safety of pedestrians and drivers while being affordable and sustainable.”
Berrigan Shire Council is aiming to stay ahead by installing solar light poles, which include CCTV and phone charging pads. These indicatives are standalone units which can be scheduled on and off to preserve battery life.
In this precinct as part of this project Barooga Sporties, Berrigan Shire Council and the LRCI Program Funding have also installed the Barooga Sporting Precinct retaining wall and landscaping. The Sporties have also committed to the ongoing maintenance of the landscaping as part of this project.
Carpark - Tocumwal Aviation Museum
The construction of a sealed carpark including kerb and guttering at the Tocumwal Aviation Museum. This carpark is allowing patrons better access to the Museum catering to all weather and all abilities access.
Mayor Matthew Hannan said "The LRCI Program has been a great program for local communities such as Berrigan Shire. Through LRCI, my Council has been able to get on with delivering much needed community infrastructure with a minimum of red tape.”
"It has allowed Council to deliver projects across the Shire that support active lifestyles and ways to enjoy our great outdoors as well as offering improved safety at some key locations," he added.
These projects are proudly funded by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.
1 Solar Light Poles and Burkinshaw Street Landscaping – Berrigan Shire Council Mayor – Matthew Hannan, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Berrigan Shire Council Director Infrastructure – Rohit Srivastava
2 - Carpark - Tocumwal Aviation Museum – The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Tocumwal Aviation Museum Owners - Matt and Karen Henderson, Berrigan Shire Council Mayor – Matthew Hannan
3 - Barooga Recreation Reserve Netball Courts – Barooga Netball Committee Member - Gabe Florance, Berrigan Shire Council Deputy Mayor - Cr. Carly Marriott, Herb Marriott, Berrigan Shire Council Recreation Officer - Emma McQueen, Barooga Netball Club Life Member - Kim Mcshane-Ryan, Barooga Netball Club Life Member - Wendy Brooks, Barooga Netball Club Life Member - Jill Toohey, Berrigan Shire Council Mayor - Matthew Hannan, Life Member - Kristy Primmer.
4 - Solar Light Poles & Charging Stations – Berrigan Shire Council – Cr John Taylor, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Berrigan Shire Council Mayor – Matthew Hannan and Berrigan Shire Council Director Infrastructure – Rohit Srivastava
5 - Finley War Memorial Hall – front: Berrigan Shire Council Mayor – Matthew Hannan, Finley War Memorial Hall Committee President/Secretary - Sally Bickerton, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Berrigan Shire Council – Cr John Taylor, behind: Finley War Memorial Hall Committee Members – Jill and Peter Orro, Finley War Memorial Hall Committee Member – Robb Hawkins and Berrigan Shire Council – Cr Roger Reynoldson