Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $808,992 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to upgrade parks, community hall facilities and give young people new skills and the opportunity to develop their own projects in the Cowra region.

The NSW Government funding has been spread across four projects, each of which will benefit communities across the shire.

  • $325,485 for the Cowra and District Aero Club to construct a new hangar and club room
  • $303,660 to upgrade parks in Billimari, Gooloogong, Wattamondara and Woodstock.
  • $142,000 for the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre to establish and develop a Youth and Community project, including the fit-out of a property as a youth-connecting community space, including a dedicated room for Skype, podcasts and phone meetings.
  • $37,847 for upgrades to the Billimari Hall and Recreation Grounds

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted these projects had secured funding.

“These projects across the region are all about making our communities even more liveable, I want to congratulate everyone who was involved in these applications,” Ms Cooke said.

“There is something for everyone with these projects; from upgraded community halls and grounds to encouraging youth involvement in our communities. Well done to you all.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1,000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.