Bayside Council has received a grant of $737,406 from the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms and procurement.
The council has accepted the grant and must now nominate projects to be funded by the LCRI program with projects to be completed by June 30, 3021.
The grant program provides an opportunity for Council to fund works not previously budgeted for in 2020/21 in order to stimulate the economy.
The council has decided on two projects that provide community benefit; assist with funding maintenance and renewal of assets, that can be completed within the financial year; and, will generate employment are recommended.
These are the painting Botany Town Hall at a cost of $250,000 and priority footpath renewals.
In late 2019, Bayside Council did a full footpath condition audit which identified a significant backlog of footpath renewals.
The cost of these works have been estimated at $2 million.
In 2020/21 there is $356,000 allocated to footpath renewals with funding from the Infrastructure Levy and General Revenue (to support assets in former Botany LGA).
Additional funding will increase the rate that the footpaths in poor condition are replaced and decrease the risk of trip hazards.
Under the council's footpath priorty list, footpaths at Bexley Road, General Holmes Drive, The Grand Parade and Stoney Creek Road among others will be considered for upgrading.