Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP joined Cowra Mayor Bill West, Council representatives and members of the Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground Committee today to celebrate one step further in the project’s climb to completion.

Stage One of the playground project received $357,848 through Round One of the Stronger Country Communities Fund and will provide an area within the Cowra Peace Precinct where children and families can be active and creative among nature. A new climbing frame is now open to the public, allowing local kids to get a taste of more to come.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it was important to acknowledge the significant volunteer hours that had gone into the playground already.

“I know the committee are incredibly hardworking so it’s great to be here and see the fruits of your labour taking shape,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s been a tough climb but I can’t wait until we get to the top and this playground is an absolute asset for the entire community to enjoy.”

Cowra Nature Based Playground Committee President Patrick Charnock said the day had been a long time coming.

“This month marks five years since we formed the committee and began the project. When we started I don’t think we realised the enormity, and before this grant it was starting to look like it would take 8 to 10 years if it happened at all,” Mr Charnock said.

“When this grant came through it was just huge.” 

Consultation has now begun with the local Indigenous community about creating an amphitheatre and dance circle, and flying foxes are currently being ordered. 

Mayor of Cowra Bill West said Council had committed over $40,000 to the playground already, which would be a major draw card for Cowra. 

“This project will get children active and outside, enjoying the beautiful nature that Cowra has to offer,” Cr West said.