Work commences using $1.68M Local Economic Recovery Funding for bushfire recovery

Work will commence in June 2021 on several projects in the Hawkesbury which have received funding from the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

The $1.68 million funding will be used to support ongoing bushfire recovery in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley (including St Albans), the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly said.

To help assist their recovery, Council conducted an online survey in May 2020 asking the three communities to nominate a wide range of priority projects that would benefit their community. The top priority projects in each community formed the basis for the successful application for funding.

“The funding body recently signed off the detailed costings and project construction program so now we have the exciting news that the projects that our community members asked for can now be built in Bilpin, Colo Heights and the Macdonald Valley,” Mayor Conolly said.

“Council will also contribute funding for additional works in these communities, which will run in tandem to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund projects.

“We will continue to hold ongoing discussions and engagement with our community and key stakeholders as the projects progress, particularly around incorporating artwork into community spaces,” he said.

Local Economic Recovery community projects

Bilpin

Bilpin Hall Precinct

  • Community artwork
  • Water storage – 120,000L water storage tank and pump for community use during bushfires.
  • Extra storage area with awning on western side for community use and RFS briefings

Bilpin Hall Fire Resistance

  • Leaf guard for gutters
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors
  • Upgrade doors
  • Community message board
  • 10kw solar energy system with battery storage
  • Small generator set with essential services circuit throughout the building

Bilpin Oval

  • Playground for all ages
  • Carpark upgrade
  • Landscaping, retaining walls, pathways
  • Oval upgrade
  • Picnic shelters
  • Water storage – 120 000 litre water storage tank and pump for community use during bushfires
  • Toilet replacement

St Albans

Town centre

  • A yarning circle
  • Picnic shelters with picnic tables
  • Playground equipment
  • Pathways
  • Community artwork

St Albans School of Arts

  • Removal of redundant toilet structure
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors as required
  • Upgrade doors as required
  • Community message board
  • Small genset with essential services circuit throughout the building
  • Airconditioning
  • Replace stairs to building
  • Landslide repairs
  • New retaining wall

RFS Shed Fire Resistance

  • Leaf guard for gutters
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors
  • Upgrade doors
  • Community message board
  • Radio tower
  • Extension to Shed to house additional trucks
  • 10kw solar energy system with battery storage
  • Small generator set with essential services circuit throughout the building.
  • 120,000 litre water storage tank with pump for community use during bushfires

Colo Heights

Colo Heights Hall Precinct

  • Multi-purpose full court
  • Picnic tables and shelters
  • Landscaping, pathways, bollard fences, bin surrounds
  • Oval improvements
  • Community artwork
  • Tennis shelter replacement

Colo Heights Hall Fire Resistance

  • Roof cleaning and painting
  • Airconditioning
  • Commercial grade kitchen
  • Accessible toilet upgrade
  • Water storage – 120,000 litre water storage tank and pump for community use during bushfires
  • Sprinkler system
  • Heavy duty screens on windows and doors as required
  • Upgrade doors as required
  • Community message board
  • 10 kilowatt solar energy system with battery storage
  • Small generator set with essential services circuit throughout the building
  • Bushfire damaged signage replacement.

To view all of Council’s upcoming projects across the Hawkesbury visit yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au

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