Votes are in: Forbes misses out on My Community funding

Forbes bid for more solar lighting for the Lake Forbes walkway but missed out against projects from across the electorate.
Forbes bid for more solar lighting for the Lake Forbes walkway but missed out against projects from across the electorate.

Forbes projects have missed out on My Community funding, which was allocated following a public voting process open to the whole State electorate of Orange.

The widening of Orange's 1.2km Gosling park track for cycle, triathlon, walking, running and human-powered vehicles attracted 1619 points and $110,000 of NSW Government funding.

$140,000 will go to build a shared mountain bike and walking trail along Boree Creek to the base of Federal Falls, with that project attracting 1564 points.

Third in with 1214 points was the Let's Help Orange Homeless project. That project has been given $21,900 to buy back pack sleeping bags especially made for the homeless.

Forty-one projects bid for a share of $260,000 in funding, including six projects in Forbes and one in Eugowra.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the voting earlier this year as "an innovative program, which empowers communities to make decisions that will enhance their local community by proposing and choosing projects to get funded.

Voting was open to residents of the electorate over 16 years of age, who could vote through their online Service NSW account or in person at Services NSW.

The local projects included: more lighting around Lake Forbes ($200,000), a facelift for the Forbes Town Band Hall ($46,467), refurbishment of the Forbes BMX track ($40,000), a Lachlan House with No Steps Community Hub ($195,173), Calarie Hall and Recreation Ground upgrade ($98,394), relocation of the Forbes Mens Shed ($200,000) and Eugowra Rugby League was hoping for $150,000 for lighting at the home of the Golden Eagles.

Lachlan House With No Steps Community Hub attracted the highest number of points, 782, of the Forbes projects.