THE money is in the bank for several big projects in Leeton - so what happens next?
For the majority of the projects in the works, it is straight to the drawing board to lock down plans and design work.
The projects that recently received funding from the state government were:
- Leeton and Whitton murals and water tower artworks 146,000.
- Leeton Skate Park expansion, $250,000.
- The continued enhancement of the CBD area, $262,617.
- Australian Art Deco Festival in Leeton, $50,000.
- Half-court basketball court at Gossamer Park, $92,545.
This money was announced as coming Leeton shire's way in April under the government's Stronger Communities Initiative, with NSW Parliamentary Secretary Steph Cooke in Leeton last week to inspect some of the project areas.
Projects such as the CBD enhancement will continue thanks to the funding, progressing through its various stages. Already, residents will have noticed a lot of construction work in Wade Avenue and Chelmsford Place to do just this.
When it comes to the water tower work, the community will need to wait a little longer, according to council's events and cultural services co-ordinator Suesann Vos.
"Water tower artworks will have three years to complete," she said.
"The Whitton concept is already agreed upon by the community and plans are underway to find the perfect artist to deliver what the community wants.
"It will be an Anzac tribute artwork."
The upgrade of the Leeton Skate Park is also something that has been in the pipeline for some time, with the community lobbying council in recent times to expand the area.
Now that wish has been granted, users of the skate park won't have to wait too long before they see work taking place, according to council's manager of open spaces and recreation Josh Clyne.
"The skate park has a concept design completed," he said.
"Council is working towards a package to go to market for design and quotation.
"We expect to commence works around October for completion prior to Christmas."
The timeframe for the basketball court at Gossamer Park will also soon be identified, while funding for the Australian Art Deco Festival will be used for next year's event.