Council plans budget projects including parks and town cinema

A TOWN CINEMA, RV Park and playground plans have been earmarked by the Cleve District Council for potential funding in the 2020/21 budget.

In the council meeting on March 10, councillors recommended several projects be shortlisted in the draft.

Mayor Phil Cameron said they would set aside $31,000 for concept plans for a recreational area near the oval.

He said they would have to discuss with Cleve Sporting Bodies about relinquishing some of their lease before they would develop concept plans.

"Examples are playground equipment and a pump track are a couple that come to mind," he said.

Mr Cameron said a recreation area could go between where the new toilet block is going and the skate park or on the old tennis and netball courts, and would be funded in future budgets.

Council also recommended $40,000 be set aside for concept plans for a RV Park.

Mr Cameron said they had seen the success of Kimba's park and were looking to emulate that in Cleve.

"There is an existing one at the showgrounds so we could have a look and find out whether we could expand on that and just have a look at the options," he said.

"I think there's definitely a good market out there for the RVs and self contained stuff."

He said more site locations would be considered in the plans, and council have indicated a cost of $100,000 for its development in future.

Council also intend to allocate $85,000 for cinema equipment and a digital projector, with $100,000 from the Drought Communities Program going towards installation of air-conditioning and solar panels for the hall.

"There's an asset there that could be utilised a lot more than what it is and I guess it will just add another community dimension to allow people to go and watch a movie," said Mr Cameron.

"I think in the budget we'll get the acoustic tiles finished, there's money for air-conditioning to go in there as well and I guess part of the original use of the place was to be used as a cinema back in the day."

Council have also outlined the dam extension for water security in the budget, with council contributing approximately half of the $1.06 million project, and half from drought funding, as well as "usual" road re-sheeting programs and allocations for plant equipment.

Mr Cameron said the next step in the coming weeks will be to release the budget for public consultation, however council was working on solutions to deliver them due to restrictions on public gatherings.

"The consultation processes are obviously going to change a little bit to what we normally would do but we've still got obviously the internet and Facebook and various electronic means."