State offers an extra $260,000
THE Clarence Valley has put up its hand for a chance to spend an extra $260,000 of state government money.
Transport for NSW has advised Clarence Valley Council to apply for extra funding for traffic infra-structure projects, above what it included in an initial submission.
The department has suggested the council apply for funding for:
- A lighted pedestrian crossing on Pound St between the Grafton Mall and the new regional library ($95,000).
- New pedestrian fencing at Grafton High School to RMS standards ($90,000).
- Three new bus shelters at the Oliver St school bus interchange ($75,000).
Tuesday's council environment, works and planning committee meeting heard Transport for NSW had a consultant's report from several years ago with options to improve public transport facilities in Grafton.
It recommended the council include these three options in a grant proposal, which already had four projects with a costing of $160,000.
There were some questions from councillors Craig Howe and Karen Toms why Grafton was the only place with an opportunity to receive the extra funds.
The council's director of civil and works Troy Anderson told the meeting the department did not say why it chose the specific projects.
"I'm just happy we can help them spend their money," Mr Anderson said.
He said the department allocated projects across all of NSW and didn't know how they prioritised them.
The council report said all the projects are highly likely to be approved as long as the council complies with a condition to sign a funding deed and commit to completing the works before June 30 this year.
IN THE BAG
- Pavement restoration at Grafton High School bus stop: $20,000
- Extend footpath at Prince St bus stop south of Fitzroy St: $80,000
- Shelter for taxi rank in Fitzroy St, east of Duke St: $35,000.
- Shelter for taxi rank in Pound St next to Grafton Mall: $25,000.