Council will again push for upgrades for Patton Park, this time through the State Government's Stronger Country Communities fund.
Broken Hill is requesting $815,000 in funding under the program, which is designed to assist with projects valued over $100,000.
Council was previously unsuccessful in a bid to have the whole Patton Park upgrade funded through the State's Sport & Recreation Infrastructure grants program.
Mayor Darriea Turley said Council would now separate the Patton Park project into defined parts to try and secure a positive outcome for South residents, and also community groups.
Along with seeking funding for Patton Park, Council will lodge submissions from the Broken Hill Tennis Association and Pony Club for infrastructure upgrades.
"This funding block isn't just for Council, and the State has asked us to work with sporting and community groups and assist them in lodging their own funding applications," she said.
As part of the process Council was asked to prioritise submitted projects, and a group of Councillors and Council's Executive met to consider the projects on Tuesday afternoon.
As the total cost of all projects does not exceed the $858,000 on offer, the meeting supported all submissions, and a report around that process will be put to Council for endorsement at the August meeting.
"We were only fully informed of this funding stream in mid-July, so it was a bit of a scramble both for us and community groups to pull everything together, but we have a solid body of projects ready for submission," said Cr Turley.
"Our primary submission seeks $395,000 for the demolition and replacement of playground and barbecue facilities in Patton Park, along with new paths.
"We've also lodged an excellent $150,000 submission from the Broken Hill Tennis Association which would provide much needed resurfacing of courts at the O'Neil Sporting Complex."
The State has said that applications for projects under $100,000 will not be considered, however Council has been advised it can "group" similar projects to meet this minimum threshold.
Cr Turley said Council was taking a creative approach to the application process to seek maximum benefit for the community.
"Basically the Pony Club has requested $20,000 for a new toilet facility, however that doesn't meet the $100,000 minimum to receive funding," she said.
"To get around that, we've split the toilet aspect ($250,000) of the Patton Park upgrade away from the main plan, grouped it with the $20,000 Pony Club project, and lodged a general $270,000 toilet upgrade submission that will benefit both parties if successful.
"Overall I think we have a good range of projects on the table, and this funding will hopefully provide significant upgrades for sporting, social, and recreational facilities across the city."
Council will now continue to work with community groups to seek funding for projects that did not meet the $100,000 threshold, or were not ready to be lodged by the submission deadline.
$858,000 has been allocated to Broken Hill under the Stronger Country Communities fund for 2017/18. A further $858,000 will be available in 2018/19, and any unspent funds from the current round will rollover and be available next year.
“It’s encouraging that there’s effectively $1.7 million available across the two years, so any projects that miss out in this round can be ready to go in 2018/19,” said Cr Turley.