Walcha Historical Society and Ex-Services Club projects fall to the bottom of the priority list

NOT EASY STAYING GREEN: The synthetic bowling green in Walcha will be replaced in the next 12 months after a decade of wear and tear.
NOT EASY STAYING GREEN: The synthetic bowling green in Walcha will be replaced in the next 12 months after a decade of wear and tear.

Walcha residents have decided which project will provide the most benefit to our local area and be funded as part of the NSW Government's My Community Project program paid for by the NSW Generations Fund.

The upgrading of the existing green at the Walcha Bowling Club received 793 votes and beat six other Walcha community projects to obtain $200,000.

The project was sponsored by Walcha Council and means the green, which is showing significant signs of deterioration after being used by the community for over ten years, will be renovated to ensure the club remains viable.

Sponsors of the project said the Walcha Bowling Club plays an important role, uniting the community in providing a meeting place where many social functions occur.

The application states 'the community will benefit by providing opportunities for the youth and also members from wider communities to exercise and socialise'.

The wider community hold weddings, birthday celebrations, wakes, Christmas parties and service club meetings at the venue. The Bowling Club also sponsors local sporting bodies and they, in turn, hold their presentation nights there annually.

The work will be carried out by Berry Bowling Systems and completed in 12 months.

Pipped at the post with 767 votes was the proposed $60,300 renovation of the Walcha Show Pavilion Roof and hockey playing surface sponsored by the Walcha Showground and Recreation Reserve Land Managers.

The Walcha Central School had two projects in the running: A $200,000 shed - an alternative learning space, to re-engage students who find traditional schooling challenging which received 530 votes; and a $100,000 sensory garden and outdoor classroom which received 474 votes. Neither received enough votes to get funding.

The 524 votes the Golf Club received for its proposed kitchen, amenities, entry and function room make-over was also not enough to be approved for funding.

And the final two projects which received the least votes were the $195,500 replacement of the Machinery Shed at the Pioneer Cottage Museum with 374 votes and the $100,000 heating upgrade at the Walcha Ex-Services Club with 367 votes.

The NSW Government is investing a total of $24.7 million in projects to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities across NSW. Community members were asked to login to their MyGov account and vote for their favourite projects.

The program resulted in a total of 61,437 people voting for their favourite projects and 248 projects received enough support from their community to be funded.

The seven proposed Walcha projects received a total of 3,305 votes, which is impressive for a community which had a population of 1,451 in the 2016 Census.