Community project proposals are now open for public voting as part of the NSW Government "My Community Project" grants program.
The program is aimed at improving the wellbeing of people and communities across NSW. The state government funding of $24.4million will be distributed equally across the 93 NSW electorates.
More than 30 community groups across the Bega electorate have thrown their hat in the ring for their piece of the pie, with grants on offer of between $20,000 to $200,000 each.
To be eligible each project must have an approved sponsor who guarantees to support the applicants for project delivery within a 12 month time frame.
Acting Treasurer Damien Tudehope encouraged communities to get involved to support their favourite submissions.
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"My Community Project is an innovative program that puts decision-making in the hands of community members," Mr Tudehope said.
"We asked people to think about what their community needs, develop those ideas with a sponsor and then tell us how funding could turn that concept into reality.
"People have put a lot of work into their applications, so I'd encourage everyone to have their say and pick their preferences from the list of projects in their area."
Applications in the local Bega area include:
Eden Early Learning Centre: Inclusive, safe and accessible play and development project - $100,000
Eden Fitness Trail: An outdoor gym hub linked by an existing pathway to 3 single stretch stations forming a trail overlooking the coastline - $120,000
Giiyong Festival 2020: Will celebrate and promote Aboriginal culture through music, dance, art, film, presentations, workshops, cultural demonstrations and theatre - $200,000
Bega Speedway Safety Barrier: Installing a safety barrier and catch fencing around Sapphire Speedway to improve safety for competitors and the general public - $128,349
Bega Multicultural Hub: A place for migrants/refugees in Bega Valley region to grow and celebrate together with the community - $38,500
Our Own Historian-in-Residence: Bringing history alive through engaging a professional South Coast Historian-in-residence to promote and enhance understanding and appreciation of local history - $150,000
Candelo Go - Car Share: Community share car facility, with the help of this grant the fleet will expand in December 2019 to include a newer more economical vehicle and two trailers - $20,000
Candelo Kids, Candelo's Future: Upgrade Candelo Tennis Shed to include refurbished kitchen, toilet, change room and provide storage for preschool, playgroup and sporting clubs - $50,000
Safety lighting for Tathra walking track: The walking track is used extensively by the public and can currently only be used during daylight hours. Funding would provide opportunity for the community to undertake healthy walking activities throughout the year, at day and night time - $146,000
Tathra sports field lighting: Provide lighting at the community sports field so that the sports ground can be used at night. With lighting on our sports field it not only permits sports but community events, even concerts or shows - $195,000
Merimbula Marine Rescue Inshore Rescue Craft Acquisition: Acquire a 6.8 metre Rescue Vessel to conduct rescues in lakes and rivers not accessible by the current rescue vessel. This project will improve the reach and reliability of the Marine Rescue Merimbula on water emergency response capability - $200,000
Panboola Wetlands: Construction of an all-abilities walking track through previously inaccessible areas of Panboola Wetlands - $46,000
Cobargo Community Bus: Funding to purchase a reliable 25 seater bus for use by members of the Cobargo and district communities - $60,000
Baskets and Bikes: Funding for the addition of a basketball/netball court is sought to the existing skate park to complete the recreation space - $25,000
Living in History: Take the existing histories of the Tilba District, add new histories and present them in an accessible and engaging manner.The outcome will be a collection of portable and accessible written, photographic and oral histories from the dream time to today - $35,000
Triple Vision Festival: East Meets West on Aboriginal Land: A free and family-friendly public festival celebrating the culture, music, dance and cuisine of Indigenous Australian, Tibetan and Western communities - $24,064
Bermagui's Seaside Starlight Experience: Festive LED illuminated stars through Bermagui's town centre and foreshore, promoting seasonal festivities and creating community pride of place - $30,480
Dead or Deadly - Choose your life: Holistic health program consisting of exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, education, lifestyle medicine, yarning groups and chronic disease prevention and management - $55,000
Vote for your favourites now
Other applications include projects from nearby Batemans Bay, Tuross Head, Moruya, Mogo, Narooma and Nelligen.
Residents must have a free My Service NSW account to be eligible to vote and are able select three to five projects as part of their vote. Votes can also be cast at the digital kiosks in your local Service NSW office.
Projects will be ranked in order of total points received.
For a more detailed explanation of each project and voting visit the My Community Project page at the Service NSW website.
Voting closes on August 15. Successful projects will be announced in September.