Steph Cooke, Darrell Edwards, Kelly Piper and George Elliot hold a novelty cheque. They stand in front of large metal rodeo yards. All four are wearing dark coats.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, Darrell Edwards, Gundagai Rodeo Club President, Kelly Piper, Battle on the Bidgee Treasurer, George Elliot, Battle on the Bidgee Vice President

The Member for Cootamundra announced a $15,976 grant for the Battle on the Bidgee Inc and Gundagai Rodeo Club from the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

The two Gundagai groups will be using the funding to build a sponsor and youth shed.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the funding would build important infrastructure which would play an important part in running events and maintaining places that bring people together.

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

“This new facility will be a boost not only for the Battle on the Bidgee, but for many other groups who use the showground. I can’t wait to see this work come to life.”

Battle on the Bidgee Inc Treasurer Kelly Piper said the grant was great news for the Gundagai community.

“We are very excited, we were successful a couple of years ago with a grant for our storage shed and we were very surprised that we were able to secure some extra funding. We worked closely with the Gundagai Rodeo Club on this application and it is going to benefit both of our events,” Ms Piper said.

“There’s not a lot of undercover storage currently at the showground and this is going to enable us to have a wet weather area, including for when we have clinics with kids and families.”

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