Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Temora Girl Guides today to inspect work on a ramp which will allow greater access to their Guide Hall.

The ramp is being funded by a $13,360 Community Building Partnerships grant and is close to completion, Ms Cooke said.

“This ramp is a great addition to the Temora Guide Hall because it opens up accessibility to people with restricted mobility,” Ms Cooke added.

“It replaces a path which couldn’t accommodate a wheelchair, and the path ended with some steps into the hall.

“One of the girls who attended used a wheelchair and she had to be helped up the steps, which is clearly not an acceptable situation.

“There were also challenges for some of the people who have been helping the Guides, because these helpers have mobility issues which made things difficult for them to get into the hall.

“It’s fantastic to see this progress being made which will soon see the Guide Hall freely accessible for all members of the community.”

Alison Davy, District Manager of Temora Girl Guides, said the improved accessibility would enable greater usage of the hall by Temora residents.

“Part of my role is to encourage greater community participation, and this ramp will be a part of achieving that,” she said.

“The Guides are always trying to raise funds to help pay the bills for the hall, so we will be able to hire it out to bring in a little bit more money. It doesn’t cost much to hire the hall, but every little helps.”

Temora Girl Guides have also submitted a project under the My Community Project initiative, a $100,000 application to upgrade the toilet facilities as well as improve storage facilities for equipment.

It is one of 43 projects which the community can choose for funding via the website at www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject which is open until August 15.

Votes can also be cast at the Service NSW outlet at the Temora Shire Council offices at 105 Loftus Street.