AN UNPRECEDENTED amount of funding for Leeton shire projects underlined the last 12 months.
Leeton Shire Council has 12 separate grant funding applications approved during this time, totalling $7,377,600.
These numbers were highlighted in council's auditor's report, which declared council to be in a reasonable and sound financial situation.
"With the current drought impacting our farmers and businesses, this investment (of grant funding) in additional projects does make a small, but important contribution to maintaining our economic resilience," Leeton shire mayor Paul Maytom said.
"Despite the drought, we are still seeing some very encouraging growth in Leeton.
"Council sold all 14 of the remaining blocks of land in Vance Estate and commenced with plans to secure industrial land to the north for expansion purposes."
Highlights of the 2018-19 financial year included:
- Leeton No.1 Oval kiosk construction commenced following a successful grant application by the Leeton Greens.
- All scheduled road rehabilitation projects were completed, with a total of 4.4 kilometres of road being upgraded in the areas of Contour Road, Euroley Road, Colinroobie Road and Almond Road. Young Road was commenced, with developer contributions agreed upon, and is due to be completed in the second quarter of the 2019-2020 year.
- The golf course finished the installation of a new irrigation system, which will positively impact both the operational costs and condition of the facility. The clubhouse development is also progressing with design works and business case being prepared.
- The successful negotiation of the purchase of the Water Conservation & Irrigation Commission Building from the NSW state government for $1, for use as a community cultural space in the future.
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