Frequently Asked Questions

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. Dubbo Regional Council received $10 million from this fund, $1 million has been allocated to Community Grant and $9 million allocated to Major Projects.


What is the criteria for Major Projects funding

Councils are 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: 

  • have been through a community consultation process 

  • demonstrate social and/or economic benefits to the community 

  • consider issues of sustainability and equity across the broader community 

  • demonstrate project feasibility and value for money, including full lifecycle costs; 

  • did not have funds allocated by the former councils 

  • give consideration to the processes and procedures outlined in the capital expenditure review guidelines issued by the Office of Local Government.


What happens next?

Council will present the projects for assessment by the Stronger Communities Grants Assessment Panel. The assessment panel will review all projects and make recommendations for Council to formally endorse.
When will project funding be announced?
The Panel will assess the projects and its recommendations will go to Council in December for a final decision.
All projects must by delivered by June 2019.


What is the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel?

The Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel is prescribed by the State Government and is to include:

  • Administrator or delegate

  • State Members of Parliament or representative

  • Regional Coordinator of the Department of Premier and Cabinet or delegate

  • Other members, appointed by the Administrator, as required

  • An independent probity adviser, appointed by the Administrator to advise the Panel on their deliberation and assessment process


Who sits on the Assessment Panel?

The Assessment Panel comprises the Council Administrator Michael Kneipp, Darren Borger representing the Member for Dubbo the Hon Troy Grant MP, Alison Morgan NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and Michael McKenna from Luka Group Accounting.


How did Council decide the shortlist of Major Projects?

Council staff prepared a short list of major projects through an internal process called capital works prioritisation. This process defines eligible projects that are not currently funded.  A full report (PDF 717.2KB) on the selection of projects was presented to Council on 27 October 2016.


These are all important projects. What happens if a project is not funded?

Council staff responsible for projects are always reviewing grant opportunities and alternative funding to enable new projects to be delivered. Council’s internal budgeting process also identifies priority projects that can be funded by Council. These are included in future annual operational plans.

Last Edited: 15 Nov 2016

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