THURSDAY is the last opportunity for residents to back ideas pitched for the NSW Government's My Community Project.
There are 26 projects from the Bathurst region that are eligible to receive a share in funding.
Among the hopefuls are a pitch to create an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Kandos, one for a water tank at Sofala to help with firefighting, and renovations at 2MCE to make the radio station more accessible.
A full list of the projects can be found on the project website or at the bottom of this article.
Voting will close at midnight on Thursday.
The projects with the most public votes will be the ones awarded funding, meaning the NSW Government has no say in the outcome. Each electorate has approximately $260,000 to spend.
The number of projects an electorate receives is determined by the accumulative cost of the projects totalling up to $260,000.
Among the groups hoping to secure funding is the Bathurst Community Op Shop.
However, if its bid is unsuccessful, it hopes that Bathurst Regional Council will come on board to help deliver a series of improvements that would benefit children and aid in tourism.
At the centre of its plans is a suite of coin-operated miniature cars that could, with a little work, be used on an existing track near the skate park.
"We've got a track that is down there and what we want to do is infill that so it is concrete," op shop president Tony Thorpe said.
A softer barrier would act as a perimeter fence, to keep the cars within the track, and the cars would be set to a low speed so they could be enjoyed safely.
In addition to the coin-operated cars, Mr Thorpe said the op shop wanted to create a half-court for children to play basketball on.
"We don't want to create a place for organised sport. We want to create the opportunity for free play," he said.
It is hoped that these activities would add to the skate park precinct, which is set to undergo a $600,000 redevelopment.
Also part of the op shop's proposal for the My Community Project is to put a permanent shelter in place at the community garden.
To support the project, the op shop is seeking an $87,000 grant.
Bathurst building and maintenance services would be engaged to carry out the work.
Mr Thorpe said that the proposal would add value to the area, particularly for tourism, which he believes should be an incentive for council to support the idea.
"The only way we can do any of this is by councillors giving us support, or we try to get funding ourselves under the My Community grants," he said.
Full list of Bathurst electorate proposals:
- Kandos RSL Sub Branch: High school students to work with local veterans, their families and historians to document the service of local war veterans. $20,000
- Neville Equine Performance Inc: Developing the Neville Showground by constructing a multipurpose arena with a soft fall base, holding yards and loading ramp. $25,000
- Bathurst Old Aged Pensioners Community Op-Shop: Sheltered pavilion for community garden and coin operated car activity for Bathurst families $87,057
- Sofala Progress Association Inc: Preservation and security of the historic village of Sofala. A water tank to offer protection to buildings, residents, businesses and tourists. $71,993
- Perthville Public School: Levelling sports oval and installing irrigation to enable greater school and community access to participate in sports and physical activities. Read more | $30,000
- Generocity Church Incorporated: Aims to purposefully create sustainable employment and training opportunities for people living with a disability in our community. $20,000
- Charles Sturt University: This project will renovate the reception areas of 2MCE community radio station, making them safe, secure, accessible and welcoming. $28,162
- Bathurst Regional Council: Removal of old dilapidated grandstand and baseball dugout and the installation of two new sun-safe spectator grandstands. Read more | $50,000
- Bathurst Regional Council:The project involves the removal of old playground equipment and installation of new playground equipment $75,000
- Bathurst Regional Council: Renovation of existing BBQ shelter including installation of new picnic tables and double hot plat BBQ. $75,000
- Wattle Flat Progress Association Incorporated: To double the current hall footprint, whilst keeping the same basic shape and design and adding two sparkling disabled toilets. $197,107
- Bathurst Regional Council: Restoration treatment to modernise existing cricket practice nets $50,000
- Marathon Health Limited T/a headspace Bathurst: A free drop-in-centre at headspace Bathurst offering teenagers with educational support and activities, in a fun and social environment. $124,587
- HopeCare: HopeCare need a refrigerated truck to move food around. $80,000
- Humanity Matters: Mobile youth safe zones will set up at hot spots across Bathurst on Friday and Saturday nights. Read more | $170,000
- North Eastern Wiradjuri Community Fund Ltd: Provide a 12 month Curatorial programme. To refurbish commercial kitchen, disabled toilet, and security grills representing Wiradjuri totems $200,000
- Cooerwull Public School: The project will include an upgraded sporting field, community vegetable/sensory gardens and seating for school and wider community enjoyment. $150,700
- Eglinton Public School: Rejuvenating the welcoming point that is the garden gateway to Eglinton Public where the community can gather and make connections. Read more | $111,550
- Lithgow High School P&C Association: Kitchen upgrade to commercial kitchen enabling our school to deliver VET Hospitality courses and encourage healthy lifestyles for all students. $200,000
- Bathurst District Football Association: A permanent grandstand to continue to grow and develop a sporting precinct that brings around 6,000 people to town annually. $40,000
- Carers NSW: Kids and Carers (KCs) House will be a respite and support centre for local people with disability and their families. $145,656
- Skillset Ltd: Constructing an interactive and educational garden that engages students and community through an augmented reality app. $198,172
- Blayney Shire Community Men's Shed Inc: To establish a community garden accessible to families in a safe and enclosed area. $45,051
- Rylstone Public School P and C Association: The transformation of an unused sand tennis court into a multipurpose modern sports facility. $55,000
- Oberon Council: The project will widen and improve the surface of 326m of footpaths that link the Skate park to the Oberon Common. $50,000
- Lithgow Area Women's Shed: To bring our building up to a standard that is safe, accessible and disability friendly. $115,000