Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Reverend Micheal Perrott at Narrandera Anglican Parish Church today to learn how $30,000 of NSW Government funding will help parishioners and the wider community.

The parish church was granted the Community Building Partnerships funding to improved disabled access to the church hall toilets as well as renovate the existing toilets.

“It’s important that all members of the community are able to access the church hall’s facilities and I’m delighted to be able to help that with this Community Building Partnerships grant,” Ms Cooke said.

“This $30,000 from the NSW Government will make a huge difference not only to members of the church, but also to other Narrandera residents because this hall is an important community hub,” Ms Cooke added.

“It was built in 1956 and the amenities are reached via three steps from the hall, which presents problems for hall users who are less mobile or who need to use a wheelchair.

“This grant will allow the church to build a wheelchair-accessible toilet, as well as bring the existing facilities up to modern standards,” Ms Cooke added.

Rev Mike, as he likes to be known, highlighted the diverse range of hall users.

“We have various community groups who use the hall, we use it for funeral wakes among other things and, with an ageing congregation, we felt we weren’t doing the community justice by not having loos they can access,” Rev Mike said.

“Our hall is also a standby for Teloca House nursing home in an emergency, we are part of the evacuation plan, so these upgrades will help us accommodate their residents should the need arise,” Rev Mike added.

The Community Building Partnership program has funded some 13,800 community projects since it commenced nearly a decade ago.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp