Mayor Dominic King's column

MIDROC Councils agree to form a Joint Organisation

The Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC) of which Bellingen is a member, recently voted to become a Joint Organisation and to seek state funding to progress this in keeping with the investment made by the state government in other regional organisations as part of the local government reform process.

MIDROC seeks to advance the region’s position in a number of key areas through targeted advocacy.  Key issues include organisational sustainability of member councils and within that funding arrangements for local government and infrastructure management, regional strategic planning initiatives, planning processes, regional economic development and promotion of local governments role in community planning.

The Changing Face of Urunga

You may have noticed some changes in down town Urunga recently. Urunga was selected to be a recipient of a new funding program called the Future Towns Program. This was a pilot program put together by the NSW State Government as a means to boost and activate towns that have been bypassed by the Pacific Highway.

Over the last few months, Council has been working with Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce to select projects that will invigorate the CBD of Urunga. The projects to be delivered include a major public art work by local artist, David Bromley. This art will take on a heritage theme and is currently being crafted on the physiotherapy building in Bowra St.

The first pop up event will be held at the Senior Citizen’s Hall on November 11. This will be a Drag and Trivia Night. Tickets are available at www.stickytickets.com.au/59301

Community Funds

Many local clubs groups have reaped the benefit of funding via Council community funds. Until Tuesday 31 October applications will be accepted under Round 2 of Council’s Community Support, Community Event Sponsorship and Creative Placemaking funds.

Organisations looking for funding to support a project or event that aligns to Council’s Community Vision and provides broader community benefit should not pass up this opportunity. For a copy of the guidelines and application forms please go to Council’s website at www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/community/grants. Contact the Grants & Business Development Officer on 6655 7300 if you need assistance.

Environmental Levy

The annual Environmental Levy Community Fund is open until November 13. This is a small grants program supporting community based environmental projects within the Bellingen Local Government Area.

Funding applications can be made by community groups to deliver projects up to a maximum value of $5,000 each, implemented on public land or land that is readily accessible to the public.  Visit Council’s website or telephone Council’s Sustainable Environment & Waste team on 6655 7300 for further information.

Until next time,

Cr Dominic King

12 October 2017