Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced over $1.2 million in funding for 7 projects in the Junee shire.

Junee Shire Council secured a total of $1,262,963 NSW Government funding under Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund for upgrades to sporting and community facilities in and around town.

Ms Cooke made the announcement at the Athenium Theatre, which will receive $421,400 for air-conditioning.

“This is really the only theatre of its kind in my whole electorate, and it’s an absolute credit to Council that it’s in such wonderful condition,” Ms Cooke said.

“But we don’t want this stunning facility to sit dormant, we want it to be full of people, bustling, and a host to great performances.

“We don’t want the weather to be an impediment to that. That’s why this funding for air-conditioning is so important and is a huge part of the puzzle and I can’t wait to see it delivered.”

The announcement also includes a new filtration system for the Junee Recreation and Aquatic Centre and the redevelopment of the Junee Tennis Club.

Ms Cooke said it was a momentous day for the shire.

“Today is about more than just cheques and more than just numbers,” she said.

“It’s about giving back and supporting all of these club presidents and members, and Junee Shire Council, to deliver the facilities this community deserves.”

The full list of successful projects is:

  • $421,400 for air conditioning at the Junee Athenium Theatre
  • $139,262 for the redevelopment of the Junee Tennis Club
  • $106,151 for an upgrade and playground at the Old Junee Community Hall
  • $65,520 for a shade port for the BBQ and rest area at the Junee Regional Social, Sporting and Recreation Hub
  • $353,274 for a pool filtration system at the Junee Junction Recreation and Aquatic Centre
  • $64,170 for the Wantabadgery Tennis Courts and Clubhouse
  • $113,185 for the Eurongilly Tennis Courts and Hall revitalisation (part funding)

Deputy Mayor of Junee Matt Austin thanked Steph for her hard work securing the funds and thanked the many tireless volunteers of Junee for their contributions.

“I know a lot of you work for different groups and it’s like juggling chainsaws and puppies sometimes, I don’t know how you do it,” Cr Austin said.

“But you do a great job and it really is encouraging to see what you’ve been able to do with the resources you have.

“The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund is really an injection into our future of funding, but also an injection of enthusiasm, encouragement, and it’s a way of saying to all of you who volunteer in so many different ways, your efforts are appreciated, they’re acknowledged.”

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses.

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