The Junee Community Centre will be a safer place with funding for upgrades secured by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP.

Ms Cooke visited the centre today to celebrate the win of $20,020 for important upgrades to ensure the safety and comfort of staff and the community.

The grant will repair 6 broken windows, install safety fencing, fit security doors and hand rails, and purchase landscaping and awnings for privacy.

“This Centre is a haven for the most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Cooke said.

“The team here run an incredible shop on very little and make a huge difference to people’s lives in the community of Junee.

“The least they can ask for is a safe and secure environment in which to continue their phenomenal work and I am absolutely overjoyed to be able to help provide that.”

The funding was secured through the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program.

Centre manager Amy Murphy said the upgrades are about improving accessibility for the community.

“There remains a significant number of people in our community who cannot access our centre in its current state due to safety concerns,” Ms Murphy said.

“This funding will enable us to provide a much safer building that is accessible to everyone in our local community.”

Across the Cootamundra electorate, $330,000 will be distributed to other important local projects, with further announcements expected in the coming weeks.

“The NSW Government’s strong economic management ensures that I, as local Member, am in a position to secure this funding for projects that truly make a difference on the ground,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is fantastic news for Junee, this grassroots funding will directly help to create a more vibrant and inclusive local community.

“I congratulate the Community Centre on their fantastic application and thank them for their tireless work and advocacy.”

The Community Building Partnership program has funded some 13,800 community projects since it commenced nearly a decade ago.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp