Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced a grant of $46,960 for the Cowra PCYC to develop a green space for social, physical and mental wellbeing.

The Green Space Project will see a vacant space transformed into a usable area, including laying a soil base, turfing, irrigation, water tanks and fencing.

“The PCYC in Cowra are such visionary community leaders, constantly looking for ways to take their facility and its services to the next level,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s a pleasure to be here today and announce almost $47,000 through the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnerships for this wonderful project.”

PCYC Club Manager Stewart Mead said the space will be an asset enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

“The project will convert an unused paddock into an exercise space and provide opportunities for supported work experience with a social cafe and pizza oven,” Mr Mead said.

“By placing an indigenous garden at the core of the garden, we recognise connection to land and flora is a strength of indigenous culture that promotes wellbeing.”

Locals Geoff Green from Green Horticulture, Peter Watt from Elders and Mick Gwillim are part of the team delivering the project.

“We are seeking the support of other businesses who are interested in providing services to bring this project to life,” Mr Mead said.

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.

“I congratulate the Cowra PCYC on their fantastic application and thank them for their tireless work creating a safe, comfortable space for young people and the community to come together and grow.”

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