Slade Park will receive $259,000 for recycled water for the popular cricket oval.
Slade Park will receive $259,000 for recycled water for the popular cricket oval.

Funding for a greener community

SLADE Park on Wood St is set to be a little greener with $259,000 to extend a recycled water pipe to the popular cricket oval, which will make for an improved playing surface.

It is one of six local projects in areas from Stanthorpe to Killarney to benefit from almost $500,000 worth of Federal funding received by Southern Downs Regional Council.

The money was provided by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government under Round 3 of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

Mayor Ron Bellingham said he was delighted works would soon begin on these worthy infrastructure projects, although time frames were tight.

One hundred per cent of the projects are being funded by the RLCIP and under the terms of the funding agreement, work must start by end of May and be completed by the end of this calendar year.

The work on Slade Park on Wood St will include installation of about 900m of underground pipes suitable for transferring recycled water, associated valves, gasket sets, meter boxes, access ways and earthworks.

"This will provide an improved playing surface for community sports clubs that use Slade Park, reducing the use of potable town water for irrigation,"; Water and Sewerage manager Gary Palmer said.

At Dalveen Hall, access for people with disabilities will be improved thanks to a $20,000 upgrade to the toilet facilities.

Works include design and approval, demolition and construction including concrete floor and plumbing, and installation of fittings to meet Australian Standards for disabled access.

Stanthorpe and Warwick skate parks have been granted $70,000 for shade covers for better sun protection, with exact locations and designs for the shade covers still under review.

"Council is now undergoing design projects for the shade covers,"; Parks co-ordinator John Newley said.

The Killarney Scouts building will get a much-needed refurbishment with $5000 towards painting of the hall exterior, replacing windows with aluminium sliding windows, earthworks for the parade area and the replacement of sections of the front veranda decking.

In Stanthorpe, the YMCA will have an expanded gymnasium with $25,400 worth of upgrades, including money to move a wall, install new electrics and lighting and install a false ceiling.

Last but not least, $119,000 has been allocated for an extension to the playing fields at CF White Oval in the Stanthorpe Sporting Complex.

The funds will be used for earthworks, including sourcing of 6000 cubic metres of material and laying 5000 square metres of turf.

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