What is the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program?
The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government
to provide councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects that
improve community infrastructure and services. The NSW Government has provided
funds to new councils following their commencement, to enable councils to start
consulting with communities and investing in projects. To ensure that the
Stronger Communities Fund is allocated to projects that are prioritised using
an open and transparent process, the NSW Government will require councils to
apply high governance standards to the decision making process. This will include
the appointment of a Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel that includes an
independent probity adviser.
What are the funding allocation guidelines?
The NSW Government has stated that Council is to fund projects that deliver new or improved infrastructure or services to the community. Projects that are prioritised for funding must meet the following criteria:
What is the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel?
The Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel is prescribed by the State Government and is to include:
How did Council decide on the three options of: Transport Infrastructure, Community Facilities and Recreation and Sustainability?
Research on the current condition of assets across the Inner West Council area, information gathered from the community satisfaction surveys of the three former councils and projects contained in existing Asset Management Plans have all informed the choice of these three options.
These are all important options, if the community choice is Recreation and Sustainability (for example), will the other two options miss out?
Council understands that each of these option areas is important and has
committed to a minimum spend for each but funding priority will be chosen by
Will the funding be distributed fairly across the Inner West Council area?
Inner West Council is aiming to deliver community benefits across the new LGA. Spending will be allocated equally in each ward.
Once the community has had their say on its preferred option, what happens next?
Council has undertaken that the option with the highest community support will be endorsed and that the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel is to allocate projects and funds accordingly.
Individual appropriate projects will be scoped and costed and then a list will be provided to the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel.
The Panel will assess the projects and its recommendations will go to Council in December for a final decision.
We will report back on the option
chosen by the community and post a copy of the report to Council on this project
page prior to the meeting in December.
All projects must by delivered by June 2019.