South Australians who want their great idea for a neighbourhood improvement to become a reality still have until September 8 to put it forward for possible funding.
Applications are closing soon for Round One of the State Government’s $40 million Fund My Neighbourhood one-off cash grants of up to $150k to pay for projects that will improve local neighbourhoods.
More than 800 project ideas have been received to date and will be available online at Fund My Neighbourhood for residents to vote on in October.
The majority of suggestions involve council-owned land and, if funded, will need to be installed and maintained by councils. As a result, the LGA is working in consultation with councils and the Department of Premier and Cabinet on their progression to the next stage for funding.
LGA Strategic Adviser Chris Russell is working as a conduit between councils and the Fund My Neighbourhood team.
“As project ideas roll in, councils are doing a fantastic job to assess their viability and how they may be tied into their existing strategic decision-making,” he said
“In many, cases applicants have already talked to councils about their ambitions but even where the idea comes in fresh from the website, councils are doing a huge amount of work to scope, cost and support them.”
The City of Port Adelaide Enfield was approached by a resident in North Haven to support bike racks being installed outside a popular breakfast stop for cyclists. Residents at the District Council of Karoonda-East Murray want to see a skate park installed to give young locals and tourists more outdoor action.
In both, cases the council staff are checking proposed sites, looking at costs and how they fit with strategic plans and community management plans to seek formal council support before the voting phase.
You can submit your Fund My Neighbourhood idea here until September 8.