Cabonne will spend $1.5m on village enhancements

More than $1.5 million will be spent throughout Cabonne Shire as part of an unprecedented Village Enhancement Program to be rolled out in coming months.
Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty said the program was a ground-breaking investment in the Shire’s future.
“We will be undertaking 79 individual projects in Canowindra, Cargo, Cudal, Cumnock, Eugowra, Manildra, Molong, Mullion Creek and Yeoval which were requested by the residents of those towns and villages,” he said.
Cr Beatty the Village Enhancement Program (VEP) was initiated following an extensive consultation process.
“We asked local progress associations to suggest projects for their towns and villages and then we called on residents throughout the Shire to tell us what they wanted,” Cr Beatty said.
“The response was amazing, with 200 projects put forward. Council staff then assessed and costed those suggestions before coming up with the final short list approved by councillors.”
Cr Beatty said the original concept of the VEP was to beautify towns and villages and encourage tourism.
“Our aim is to make Cabonne an even better place to live in and visit,” he said.
Key projects to be implemented in each village include:
Canowindra: Cemetery enhancements; new plantings in Morris and Memorial Parks; caravan park precinct landscaping; Blue Jacket Lookout realignment and improvements; updated town entrance and directional signage; new plantings in Gaskill Street; lighting in lane behind IGA; additional seating and garbage bins in Gaskill Street; visual improvements at corner of Ferguson and Tilga Streets.
Cargo: Electronic scoreboard new LED lights, cabling and upgraded power board at oval; upgraded playground shade structure; new garden bed between street and parking bay; additional play equipment for children over 10 years; drinking fountain.
Cudal: Cudal Pool tables and chairs, barbecue, picnic table and shade cover; oval canteen renovations and new appliances; oval watering system; sports field seating; Cudal Hall external wall refurbishment to match existing walls; cemetery improvements.
Cumnock: Bitumen sealing in front of community centre and bowling club; recreation ground exercise equipment, seating, new entrance, signage, painting and traffic bollards; swimming pool barbecue, shade shelter and painting; showground camping area shade shelters, seating and barbecue; Memorial Park beautification; stencil-crete paths in shopping area; footpath pots and plants; new garbage bins.
Eugowra: Reconstruction of Pye Street, access mobility footpath near St Joseph’s School to Noble Street; Nanima Street median garden.
Manildra: Pool shade shelter, carpark and entrance upgrade; Montana Park exercise equipment; Montana Park improvements; seating at recreation ground playground.
Molong: Bank Street planter boxes; Upper Bank Street median garden; repainting and installation of additional benches along Watson Street; entrance and town signage; Recreation Ground picnic tables.
Mullion Creek: Upgrade playground equipment, shade structure and soft fall; bitumen sealing of RFS shed grounds and parking area; exercise equipment at reserve.
Yeoval: Town approach improvements; exercise equipment in park; repair timber tennis wall.
In addition to these improvements, major tree planting programs will be undertaken in each town and village and further funding will be allocated to each town and village for general tidy up work.