A milestone of forced amalgamation

Mt Wallace Dam.
Mt Wallace Dam.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council celebrated its first birthday last week, recognising a period of achievement and growth for the region which it believes locals and community organisations have benefited from since the former shires of Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River and Bombala came together on May 12, 2016.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council received $15 million in funding through the Stronger Communities Fund (SCF).  This opened up two streams of funding, one for major projects and the other for the Snowy Monaro Community Grants program (SMCG).  

Dozens of community organisations have been successful in the two rounds of SMCG funding, with regionally significant projects becoming a reality.

On Friday, Snowy Monaro Regional Council turned one and administrator Dean Lynch used the milestone as an opportunity to reflect on the council’s achievements in its first 12 months.

“I’m extremely proud of what this council has been able to achieve. While it has been an interesting time in some respects, the fact we’ve been able to deliver so much for the community is pleasing,” Mr Lynch said.

“This council was able to finish off the Lake Wallace Dam project, started under the former Cooma-Monaro Shire Council.

“The dam provided Nimmitabel residents with a reliable source of water. It was the first dam built in NSW in 10 years.”

Through the SCF, organisations across the Snowy Monaro have turned projects that were once a dream into a reality. The Cooma Little Theatre is one group benefiting from the new era of local government after they received a grant of $50,000 to undertake car park upgrades.

Delegate Progress Association was granted $50,000 to continue with infrastructure work, signs and way posts for the Bundian Way.

Mr Lynch said organisations right across the Snowy Monaro have shared in money allocated through the SCF.

“I hope people recognise the benefits a united voice can bring to the region.”