Deb and Stewart hold a novelty cheque between them with Steph Cooke standing behind. All three look at the camera and smile.
Deb and Stewart from the Murrumburrah Harden Flexible Care Services with Steph Cooke MP.

The Member for Cootamundra today announced funding for projects in Harden-Murrumburrah from the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

Murrumburrah-Harden Flexible Care Services has secured $5,342 to upgrade the freezer for their Meals on Wheels service, while the Harden Murrumburrah Men’s Shed will undergo a $21,636 refurbishment.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said these important services in the Harden-Murrumburrah community were well-deserving recipients.

“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.

“These uncertain times we live in have galvanised the importance of social groups like Men’s Sheds, and vital services like Meals on Wheels, I know this funding will help both of these vital groups continue their wonderful work.”

Secretary of the Harden Murrumburrah Men’s Shed William McCaskill said he was delighted their venue would be upgraded.

“Firstly I would like to thank Steph for her support of our grant request,” Mr McCaskill said.

“The grant will allow for improved facilities for the Shed members, creating a safer and more pleasant environment for the members.”

Stewart Bruce from the Murrumburrah Harden Flexible Care Services said the grant has been incredibly timely.

“We are delighted to receive the grant, it has allowed us to update our freezer room and put in a brand-new commercial freezer which makes it much better for our Meals on Wheels team,” Mr Bruce said.

“This is a much more reliable system which will allow us to store the greater amounts, which we are finding we need during the COVID-19 crisis. This has helped us cope with the increased demand for the service.”

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 are open now and close on 12 June.

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