A group of people stand with one large cheque and five smaller cheques on green grass.
Steph Cooke, MP, with Hilltops Council Mayor Cr Brian Ingram and members of the Young Scouts, Pony Club, Bribbaree Show Society, Young PCYC and the Wombat Progress Association

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $1,701,742 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects across the Hilltops region.

The NSW Government funding has been spread across six projects, each of which will benefit communities across the shire including:

  • $110,000 to the Bribbaree Show Society – to erect and fit out a purpose-built poultry shed.
  • $101,798 for the Young PCYC – to transform the gymnastics program, install netting, purchase new equipment and undertake minor building works. This program will provide 1000 hours of classes to attendees experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
  • $84,720 for Young Pony Club – to build new under cover stables.
  • $160,000 for the Scout Association of Australia Young Branch – to repair and upgrade their meeting hall including improvements to the kitchen.
  • $107,698 for the Wombat Progress Association – to upgrade the sports court area at Wombat Sports and Recreation Ground.
  • A further $1,137,526 for the Young Aquatic Centre redevelopment – this funding will complete stage 2A of the centre redevelopment including the installation of a combined splash pool and splash pad and supporting filtration systems, concrete concourse surrounds, shade sails and seating. This brings the total of funding from the NSW Government for the Young Aquatic Centre redevelopment to more than $2.8 million.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted these projects had secured funding.

“These projects are all about making our communities even more liveable, I want to congratulate everyone who was involved in these applications,” Ms Cooke said.

“So many of these developments are about improving access to facilities to help more people get active, from the Young Pony Club’s project which will improve conditions for Riding for the Disabled participants and other riders, to improving Wombat’s sports court, to the fantastic Young aquatic centre redevelopment.”

“This funding will also help improve facilities for important local events. There truly is something for everyone in this round of grants and I want to congratulate all the successful applicants.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1,000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

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