Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced more than $1.5 million in funding to give projects in Temora Shire a boost through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The $1,560,000 announced today will fund 10 projects, plus an additional part-funding grant, secured through Temora Shire Council.

“The projects announced here today are the result of the hard yards put in by Temora Shire Council and countless people in the community who love living here, and who are prepared to help make life better for everybody,” Ms Cooke said.

“Among the successful applicants are projects for swimming, tennis, cricket, netball, Aussie Rules, rugby league, little athletics and golf.

“These sports attract large numbers of participants and really do form the glue which binds our country communities together.”

The projects are:

  • $324,000 for Nixon Park Sports Complex: Upgrade clubhouse, kiosk and amenities change room, toilets, umpire changing facilities.
  • $320,000 Upgrade Temora Town Hall: Replace existing asbestos roof with new roof, install new light and sound equipment, complete main hall refurbishment
  • $60,000 Temora West Sports Ground: Upgrade toilets and extend existing change room
  • $234,000 Temora Recreation Centre: Upgrade amenities building
  • $121,000 Beautify Temora town entrances: landscaping around Temora town entrances and remove inappropriate plants
  • $100,000 Ariah Park Recreation Ground: Upgrade amenities, swimming pool, and skate park
  • $50,000 Ariah Park main street beautification. Comprises landscaping and installation of street furniture on Coolamon Street, Ariah Park
  • $80,000 Temora Tennis Club: resurface four tennis courts
  • $78,000 Upgrade Temora town netball courts: Resurface two existing netball courts
  • $53,000 Temora Golf Club: Installation of automated irrigation for two fairways, 10 holes and 18 tees of the golf course
  • $140,000 part funding Lake Centenary replacement of play equipment and installation of fire pits

Ms Cooke said the funding to upgrade Temora Town Hall is part of an ongoing project which is bringing it into the 21st century.

“The Town Hall is more than half a century old and has been undergoing a program of upgrades,” Ms Cooke said.

“Today’s funding will carry out important refurbishments to the roof as well as the installation of new light and sound equipment and upgrades in the main hall.

“Here in Nixon Park, the premier sports facility in Temora, we will see the existing clubhouse extended to create new change rooms for players and for umpires, and new toilets.

“The larger clubhouse area will also enable the hosting of more sporting community events, which really will strengthen the role sport plays in this wonderful town.

“Temora Recreation Centre will have an upgraded amenities building, supporting a wide range of users in the pool and indoor sports hall.

“Ariah Park will have a newly landscaped Coolamon Street, the main road through the town, as well as new street furniture, and at the Ariah Park Recreation Ground we will see an upgraded amenities block, concreting work at the swimming pool and some additional jumps installed at the skate park,” Ms Cooke said.

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses.

For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.