Squadron Leader Captain Bob Manning in uniform of the local Air League Squadron receives a large cheque for $7,971 from Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP watched on by Member of Narrandera Leeton Australian Air League Craig Day (Pilot Trainer).  A "home-made" flight simulator for training purposes is in the foreground
Squadron Leader Captain Bob Manning of the local Air League Squadron receives a cheque for $7,971 from Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP watched on by Member of Narrandera Leeton Australian Air League Craig Day (Pilot Trainer)

The Member for Cootamundra has announced funding for projects in Narrandera Shire from the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

The Australian Air League Leeton Narrandera Squadron has been awarded $7,971 for new air-conditioning and carpet, while the Narrandera School Boys Rugby League Club will be building a new grandstand at Henry Mathieson Oval thanks to a $14,000 grant.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said these sports and training facilities would be receiving well-earned upgrades so they could continue to be enjoyed by the Narrandera community.

“I am so pleased these projects have secured funding from the Community Building Partnership program, which is all about developing places and spaces for the whole community,” Ms Cooke said.

“Having fantastic facilities to pursue passions is so important, a huge congratulations to the Squadron and the Club for securing this funding, I can’t wait to see the finished product.”

Bob Manning from the Air League Squadron said they were delighted with the news of the funding.

“The members of the Air League Squadron are so appreciative as this money will make a huge difference for the training rooms, creating a lot more comfort during Summer and Winter in particular,” Mr Manning said.

“We can’t thank Steph enough for her support.”

Karen Hunt from the Narrandera School Boys Rugby League Club said the grant would be a boost for players and spectators from a range of local clubs.

“The Club is really excited that we have been able to get this funding and we can make improvements to the ground not only for junior rugby league but all the users of Mathieson Oval,” Ms Hunt said.

“This ground is used all year round by junior cricket, little athletics, rugby league and occasionally junior AFL – so everyone will be able to benefit from this facility, not just us.”

Now a decade old, the Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 13,800 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

Applications for the 2020 Program opened in May.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp