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Shire goes back to drawing board as unsuccessful funding for Precinct halts development

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The Shire of Denmark was unsuccessful in it grant application for funding towards the Ocean to Channel Recreation Precinct, leaving the development in uncertain terrain.  

In a statement released by the Shire, the application to the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), they were unsuccessful in obtaining $4 million, which would have been set to match funds already committed by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club and Shire of Denmark.

Council disappointment

Shire of Denmark Chief Executive Officer David Schober said news of the unsuccessful Building Better Regions Fund application was very disappointing.

“We worked very hard to write a compelling application and to champion it through the approval process at every stage,” Mr Schober said.

“Up until this news came through, we had been led to believe our application was at the very top of the pile, so to lose this funding is very disheartening. “

“Up until this news came through, we had been led to believe our application was at the very top of the pile, so to lose this funding is very disheartening.

Back to the drawing board

Mr Schober said Council will now have to reach out to funding partners and the community to work out the next steps.

“It will take some time, but we will work closely with all of our stakeholders to come up with a new plan to share with our community as soon as we are able,” he said.

Without the funding, the Ocean to Channel Recreation precinct project options will need to be reassessed and the Shire aim to put together another plan to progress any future development in the Ocean to Channel precinct.

The future of the Surf Club will also remain uncertain as the shire goes back to the drawing board.

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