After becoming the successful recipients of $1 million funding, the Break O'Day Council will need to decide on which potential projects that will boost the community.
The funding was part of the Drought Communities Programme, and was announced by federal Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce and Tasmanian Nationals senator Steve Martin in March.
The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council was also a successful recipient.
The program supports communities in drought stricken areas of the country through providing funds for infrastructure projects, boosting employment, and addressing the needs of the community.
Projects to take place will be decided upon by each council.
In the Break O'Day Council's April agenda, general manager John Brown said in his report that it was logical that the primary focus for the funding was on the Fingal Valley, as this was the most significant agricultural area in the municipality.
"That is not to say that other smaller areas of agriculture in Break O'Day have not been affected by drought conditions," he said.
At its April meeting, the council will decide whether to progress the development of an application based on the priorities identified by council.
All projects would need to be completed by December 31.
Due to the federal election being held on May 18, the federal government is in caretaker mode and will not approve any grants until the outcome of the election is known and any impact on the program is determined.
Eight projects that could utilise the funding have been identified:
- Walking track upgrades for South Sister, St Patricks Head, Mathinna Falls, and Evercreech Reserve, alongside investigation into road access to Meadstone Falls;
- St Marys Rivulet Wombat Walk;
- Grey Mare's Tail Falls and car park area upgrade;
- Fingal tennis court replacement;
- Fingal Park shelter;
- Mathinna street drains;
- St Marys Recreation Ground resurfacing, and potentially a watering system;
- Fingal streetscape project.
However, these priorities could change after councillors discuss the funding at the meeting.
The council will meet on Monday, April 15 at 10am at the St Helens council chambers.
The agenda and list of projects is available online at bodc.tas.gov.au.
For more information about the Drought Communities Programme, visit regional.gov.au.