Saturday, January 18, 2020
Berrigan Shire Council

Drought Communities Programme – Extension

Berrigan Shire Council is eligible for a second $1m tranche of funding under the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension.

Drought Communities Programme funding is designed to target infrastructure and other projects that will provide employment for locals, stimulate local spending, use local resources and suppliers and provide a long lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural communities on which they depend.

The Council has already started work on delivering projects funded by the first $1m tranche. These projects are:

  • Construction of an extension of Scoullar St in Finley and associated pedestrian access
  • Redevelopment of the Finley War Memorial Swimming Pool and carpark
  • Redevelopment of Apex Park in Berrigan
  • Redevelopment of Hayes Park in Berrigan

The Council has developed a short list of its own for the second $1m tranche however it wants to hear from Berrigan Shire residents and groups about other projects that may be worthy of support under this program.

The Programme has a very tight timeframe for delivery and some specific requirements.

For the Council to consider your project, it must:

  1. Demonstrate that it will create employment and/or use local suppliers and resources
  2. Have a fully developed and costed project plan including approvals – i.e. the project must be “shovel ready”
  3. Be able to be completed by 1 December 2020.

Further information about the Programme is available in the Program FAQ (Drought Community Programme - FAQs) or by contacting Matt Hansen at the Council Administration Office.

Submissions seeking funding under the Programme must be lodged with the Council by Monday, 27 January 2020.

Current short list

Community Driven & Identified Projects

Irrigation improvements – Finley Golf Club

This project was brought forward to the Council by the Finley Golf Club in 2017. The project will install a modern, water efficient irrigation system for nine holes at the Finley Golf Club.

The project will conserve water, improve the quality of the course and ease the burden on the volunteers responsible for maintaining the course

Estimated cost - $200,000

Refresh Finley CBD buildings

This project, developed in partnership with members of the Finley business community, will see the Finley CBD given a new lease of life.

The Council proposes to subsidise painting shopfronts and other buildings in the Finley CBD to create a fresh and consistent theme throughout the town – improving amenity for residents and visitors alike. Up to 25 shops in Finley may benefit.

Estimated cost - $100,000

Irrigation improvements – Berrigan Community Golf and Bowls Club

The Berrigan Community Golf and Bowls Club approached the Council with a proposal to replace its ageing manual sprinkler system for its bowls green with an automated, modern irrigation system.

The new system will save water, reduce the burden on its ageing volunteer base and improve the quality of the bowls greens and so encourage participation.

Estimated cost - $60,000

Adopted Council Strategy – informed by Community Consultation

Redevelopment of Lions Park, Barooga

This project was identified as a priority in the Barooga Landscape Plan developed in 2018. The project will develop Lions Park (opposite Barooga Hotel, adjacent to Bullanginya Lagoon) by installing shade and seating as well as tree planting..

The project will improve the amenity of Barooga for residents and visitors, especially those visitors travelling to Sporties and the golf club.

Estimated cost - $100,000

Council Identified Project – to be undertaken in partnership with stakeholders

Enhancing Berrigan CBD

This project, developed in partnership with the Berrigan business community, looks to renew tired elements of Berrigan CBD. This will include replacement and renewal of signs and street furniture, new gardens and additional shade.

Also, in line with Berrigan’s growing arts and cultural scene, the project will also consider public art consistent with Berrigan’s existing mosaic theme.

Estimated cost - $100,000

Construct a museum at Tocumwal Aerodrome

The Council has been working for many years with the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum Committee of Management to find a permanent and secure home for their collection of World War II memorabilia relating to RAAF Station Tocumwal (Macintyre Field). The Committee has found a partner willing to operate an air museum to make this vision a reality.

This project will construct a building at Tocumwal Aerodrome capable of hosting a range of historic aircraft as well as climate-controlled exhibition and storage space for the historic memorabilia collection. The building will also have space for a café catering for visitors to the museum and to make the museum sustainable.

Estimated cost - $400,000


The Council has been approached by the Sporties Group for a contribution towards their proposed $1.6m driving range project at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club. The project is expected to boost tourism and create employment and is consistent with Murray Regional Tourism Board’s and Berrigan Shire Council’s tourism strategies.

Therefore,  pursuant to Section 356 of the Local Government Act, Berrigan Shire Council hereby gives notice that it intends to make the following resolution regarding financial assistance to Barooga Sporties, at its ordinary meeting to be held on Wednesday, 19  February 2020: 

"That, pursuant to Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Council potentially grant $150,000 to the Sporties Group to develop a golf driving range with 
such funding only provided where State grant funding is not available or only $450,000 is granted under the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program, and the $150,000 grant be provided from the Council’s Economic Development and Works Reserve"

The Council will accept submissions from the public regarding the proposed resolution until 5.00pm Wednesday 12 February 2020.  

Submissions can be made by:

  • Mail – 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan  NSW  2712
  • Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information contact 03 5888 5100.

Take your trash – keep our rivers clean

Berrigan Shire Council is targeting litter reduction in 2020 and you can be part of the solution. “Don’t be a Tosser!” It’s a simple message, but many people make excuses to justify their littering behaviour. This summer, you may be enjoying an icecream, a cold drink or having a picnic with family and friends by the Murray River. Please think about your rubbish and put it in the bin.

We are working to reduce litter in 2020 by stepping up litter enforcement patrols at recreation reserves and other high use areas. We are increasing signage to help you dispose of rubbish properly, so it doesn’t end up in our Rivers and waterways.

Berrigan Shire Council is a member of the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO) Murray Waste Group which received funding from the NSW EPA ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ initiative funded from the waste levy to reduce litter entering the Murray River.

You are encouraged to report littering by registering with the Report to EPA website and sharing the message “Don’t be a tosser!”. For more information on this project please follow Berrigan Shire Council on Facebook.

Contact Us

(03) 5888 5100
(03) 5885 2092
56 Chanter Street, Berrigan, NSW, 2712

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