News from the Committee 7/7/21

Dear RADSPA Members

 This week our committee received advice that we were unsuccessful with our application for a grant from the  NSW Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

Our application was for an emergency refuge and multi-purpose indoor sports centre. The total grant fund available was $250 million and applications totalled $1,600 million, 

 Appreciation is expressed to Mark Jones of Edmiston Jones Architects who assisted our committee with project cost estimates for the application

 The outcome of our committees’ intense efforts over the holiday period to develop the project concept and lodge the application remains positive.     We now have a more suitable site available and a plan for a multi-purpose complex that if funded would serve a wide range of indoor recreational needs of Robertson and district residents.

Our committees view is that by making the proposed building an emergency accommodation centre, the prospects of attracting grant funding would be enhanced. Furthermore, the operational viability of the proposed centre would be significantly improved with a wider range of uses compared to a stand-alone swimming pool.

 Our committee intends to engage with the Dept. of Regional NSW (DRNSW) for a feedback session and to gain a better understanding of upcoming grant opportunities. In this regard, we have been advised that the Australian Government will be announcing a $280 million Black Summer Bushfires Grants programme in the next few weeks.

 With regard to the insurance claim related to the building collapse, your committee has completed compilation of all the insurers requests for information and we are hopeful of completion of a negotiated settlement of our claim in the next few months.

 Our gratitude is expressed for the encouragement received from many of our members

 Please feel free to contact me on 0409 717 919 if you wish to discuss any matter relating to our committee’s work.

 With kind regards to all

 Neville Fredericks

Chair RADSPA