Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced more than $1.6 million in funding to give projects in Narrandera Shire a boost through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The $1,664,837 announced today will fund nine projects, plus an additional part-funding grant, secured through Narrandera Shire Council.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Narrandera Shire Council to help these projects come to life through the dedication of the community,” Ms Cooke said.

“As the name of the grants fund says, we are building stronger communities in regional NSW and all of these projects will touch so many people.

“To be able to come here and announce so much money coming to Narrandera Shire is simply fantastic – it’s a community which people speak of with great pride.

The projects are:

  • $475,157 Narrandera Golf Club – Irrigation automation and fairway refurbishment
  • $351,150 for Barellan Aged Care Support Group Stage 2
  • $300,000 Access All Areas – Lake Talbot Water Park
  • $167,108 ‘Just Add Water Slide’ – Lake Talbot Water Park
  • $100,000 Narrandera CRC Plaza Theatre / Hall – Stage One – Accessible Facilities Project
  • $75,000 Grong Grong Sports Club – refurbishment of toilet amenities
  • $50,000 Grong Grong Earth Park Stage One
  • $50,000 Hankinson Park Redevelopment – Stage One
  • $70,000 Narrandera Bowling and Recreation Club – Stage One – Lighting Upgrade
  • $26,422 Part funding St John’s Uniting Church: Create covered BBQ kitchen and install commercial dishwasher in kitchen

“Narrandera Golf Club will receive a new irrigation system to replace the old system currently in use,” Ms Cooke said.

“This modern installation will be more efficient and include wide-arc sprinklers to keep the fairways – which will also be refreshed as part of this funding – at their best.

“Barellan Aged Care Support Group will be able to embark on Stage Two of its upgrade, which will see the construction of an additional three two-bedroom units.

“These new units will all be single-storey and include wheelchair facilities.

“Lake Talbot is a wonderful facility which draws people in from across the Riverina, and is a fabulous place to enjoy a fun weekend with family and friends.

“Access All Areas will see the construction of an Accessible Family Change Room plus facilities which will include a ramp for access to the pool deck.

“There will also be a new Racer Water Slide to replace the popular but ageing water slide known and loved by many as ‘the blue slide’. The new 85m slide will have multi-coloured enclosed tube top sections with an open supaJet bottom section, and it will allow riders to slow to a stop before exiting via a runout, which will replace the existing plunge pool.

“Stage One of the Narrandera CRC Plaza Theatre project will create accessible toilet and shower facilities which will enable the whole community to enjoy the wide range of activities at the hall.

“Grong Grong Sports Club will have its amenities refurbished, while the Earth Park Stage One project will see a Zero Emissions Fort installed, a combined play and environmental interpretive centre for young visitors which will be complemented by shade and seating for the park.

“Hankinson Park’s facilities are half a century old and will be refreshed through the installation of irrigation systems, a tree hedge line, Japanese Box boundary hedges and the construction of a brick-walled sign with sign plate.

“The installation of 48 LED lights will give Narrandera Bowling Club the ability to meet Australian standards for competition, recreation and training purposes, as well as reducing power and maintenance bills.

“St John’s Uniting Church has been given funding towards the construction of a covered barbecue area which will extend the catering facilities of the existing kitchen and hall, while the kitchen itself will also receive a commercial dishwasher – this will transform morning teas and fundraising events,” Ms Cooke added.

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.