Local, Independant and Effective
December 10, 2015

Martin Park in Chiltern gets sizzle and shade in Federal Government funding win

A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for Chiltern.

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, congratulated the Indigo Shire Council on receiving $17,000 under Round One of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) for the Chiltern Martin Park project upgrade.

Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) in 2015-16. Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Program Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round One of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Representatives from ICSPAC engaged with community groups to determine eligibility. 

The Chiltern Martin Park Amenity Enhancement project includes:

  • new public barbecue and shelter near upgraded playground in Martin Park
  • new shade sail over grassed spectator and activity areas at Chiltern swimming pool.

Ms McGowan said a new barbecue and shelter would attract more locals and visitors to use the venue.

“The swimming pool is an important community facility,” Ms McGowan said. “It is often the centre for community activities in Chiltern in the summer months, and this upgrade will give more opportunities for families and young people to use the pool.

“The community will welcome these improvements and I know there will be an even greater sense of community ownership of the park and pool when the project is completed.”

Ms McGowan praised the Council contribution of $22,000 towards the project which has a total cost of $40,125.

“I look forward to visiting Martin Park and seeing how the community benefits from this successful project,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan thanked Indigo Shire Council CEO Gerry Smith and ICSPAC representative, Director Development and Planning Mark Florence, for their efforts in the process.

“Indi matters and funding continues to flow. Having an Independent member gets results,” Ms McGowan said.

SCP Round Two applications open on 15 February, 2016. Please contact Indigo Shire Council for details on 03 5728 8000.

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