Steph Cooke presents a cheque with a group of people.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $192,535 in funding for two projects at the Cowra Showground, Racecourse and Paceway from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

A renovation and upgrade to the Island Bar has secured $60,000, while $132,535 has been allocated for an upgrade of the toilets at the Cowra Showground and Racecourse.

Ms Cooke said the upgrades would enhance this popular community space.

“Over the past three and a half years the Cowra Showground, and particularly the main Pavilion, has been transformed by the wonderful work of the Show Society and the Land Manager,” Ms Cooke said.

“These two projects are going to make this Showground even better for the many community groups who use it.”

“This community is so passionate about this much-loved Cowra asset and I can’t wait to visit again and see the completed work.

President of Cowra Show Society Matthew Bohman said the grant was a huge boost for the Showground.

“We’re ecstatic to have received this funding and are very grateful to Steph for helping us to secure it and to the Cowra Council for their support. We can’t wait to start to put it to use,” Ms Bohman said.

“This project means upgraded, more modern amenities and we can improve the disabled toilets.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government is providing $51.7 million from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund this year to support 705 maintenance and upgrade projects on Crown reserves across the State.

“This year’s fund has received a $40 million boost to support communities that have been impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, to fund infrastructure improvements and support jobs for local trades and materials suppliers,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Protecting and enhancing Crown land reserves is essential for the well-being of communities and our environment, and to support recreation, tourism, business, and local economies.”